Michigan State Spartans (5-2) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-1)Date : 11/30/2018
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The 8th ranked Michigan State Spartans will travel to Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, to battle the Rutgers Scarlett Knights on Friday night at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Spartans started the season at 6-0 until they ran into a Louisville Cardinal team on the road to which they would suffer an 82 – 78 overtime loss on November 27th as the Cardinals were outscored 15 – 11 in the extra period while committing 15 turnovers for the night en route to their first loss of the season.
On the other hand, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won their last three outings as their last victory came on the road versus the Miami Hurricanes in a game to where they stifled the Hurricanes offense throughout while getting 16 points from Geo Baker on a night where Rutgers did not shoot well from the field. Both teams will enter this game looking desperately to get a win in what should be a hard-fought, competitive contest.
Michigan State Spartans's Latest Performance :
Michigan State fell for the second time this year as they visited the Louisville Cardinals in their last outing while coming out with a four-point overtime loss in a game that was a close and exciting throughout. In all, the Spartans controlled the pace of this game as they shot 47% from the field while being led by Joshua Langford along with Kyle Ahrens each chipped in 15 points each for a Michigan State Spartan squad that possessed five double-digit scores in the loss.
On the other hand, Michigan State allowed under 40% shooting from both the field as well as from 3 point range to the Louisville Cardinals; However, the leading stat in this game were 15 turnovers for the Michigan State Spartans as they were indeed costly, thus allowing the Cardinals to force overtime as well as squeak out a slim victory in extra periods. In all, Michigan will look to shore up their defensive vulnerabilities while also attempting to take care of the ball much better versus a Scarlet Knights team that is ranked 9th in the nation in points allowed per game with 59 per outing.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights's Latest Performance :
Rutgers has been on a tear lately as they have been able to pull out wins thanks to the help of their solid team defense along with the ability of their offense to pick up critical baskets at pivotal times within games. In fact, the defense for Rutgers has not allowed teams to score over 54 points during their last three outings; However, the problem is that the offense for Rutgers has not scored over 63 points during this time, either. In their last outing, 40% shooting from the floor was all that was needed from the Scarlet Knights in which to dispose of Miami as they held the Hurricanes to only 33% shooting from the field while allowing them to connect on only 7 of 28 3-point attempts for the night.
One can certainly surmise that the strength of Rutgers lie in their ability to defend throughout the course of the game. With that being the case, they will certainly have to ensure that they bring their A game on the defensive end versus a Michigan State squad that is averaging 88 points per game in 2018.
How Michigan State Spartans & Rutgers Scarlet Knights Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan state is 4 – 3 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
Rutgers is 4 – 2 ATS while the OU is 2 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a game versus teams with contrasting styles. On one hand, you have the Rutgers Scarlet Knights that does not possess a consistent offense at this point in the season, yet maintains a defensive unit that is very aggressive and athletic while are very adept at preventing teams from scoring, consistently. On the other hand, you have a high-scoring Michigan State offense coupled with a defense for Rutgers that is only allowing opponents to shoot 37% from the floor per outing. Look for both teams to come out focused in this contest as Michigan state would certainly like to atone for their last loss to Louisville while they Scarlet Knights will look to lead on the defensive end in which to take out a highly-ranked Michigan State squad on Friday night.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights + 3.5
My reason for the pick :
With Rutgers defense playing as solid as they are, I will pick the home team to show and prove in this matchup as they certainly have the athleticism and talent, as stated, in which to hang around for a bit in this game. Of course, the offense will need to step up a bit more in which to keep this game interesting, however, I feel as if Rutgers will have such a solid night on the defensive end that this will lead to offensive opportunities, in the long run. Michigan State will certainly bring their A-game for this matchup, however, the Rutgers defense will cause problems for the team throughout the game while covering the spread in this match up.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 135.5
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been to play in four of the last five games for the Michigan State Spartans while also being the result in the last four games for Rutgers. With that being the case, look for this to be a low-scoring and competitive contest throughout as the defenses will take center stage in what will be an exciting game between a high-powered offense in Michigan State versus a stout defensive unit in Rutgers.
Betting trends for Michigan State Spartans:
- Spartans are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten.
Spartans are 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Betting trends for Rutgers Scarlet Knights:
- Scarlet Knights are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.