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Michigan State vs. Illinois - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (8-7) at Michigan State Spartans (14-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Michigan State Spartans meet Thursday night at the Breslin Center.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 75.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 46 percent shooting. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 17.9 points and 3.9 assists. Michael Finke is dishing 1.2 assists and Maverick Morgan is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. Illinois is allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost 10 of their last 12 road games. Khalid Lewis is questionable with an illness.

Michigan State vs. Illinois - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan State Spartans hope to build on their impressive 14-1 record. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 79.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 36 percent shooting. Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.8 points and 2.5 rebounds while Eron Harris is averaging 9.5 points and 2.3 assists. Matt Costello is grabbing seven rebounds and Lourawls Nairn Jr. is dishing 4.5 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. Michigan State is allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.3 turnovers per game. The Michigan State Spartans have lost eight home games since 2013.

The Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Spartans are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Michigan State and 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

Illinois has actually beaten Michigan State the last two years at the Breslin Center. This Illinois team is also very talented but it's also very banged up. Even with Valentine out, I see the Spartans being too much here. I'll eat the big chalk, as I see the Spartans making a small statement to the rest of the Big Ten.

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Michigan State Spartans -13.5

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