Michigan State vs. Oakland - 12/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Grizzlies (4-5) at Michigan State Spartans (6-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Michigan State Spartans play Sunday night at the Breslin Center.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have won three straight and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Oakland averages 76 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 79.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Corey Petros leads Oakland with 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds while Kahlil Felder is averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 assists. Tommie McCune is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and Dante Williams is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are one of the top shooting teams in the country, which includes 65.9 percent from the free throw line and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. Oakland has scored no less than 70 points in all nine of its games this season and is averaging nearly 17 assists. Defensively, Oakland is allowing teams to shoot 37.6 percent from deep.
USA TODAY Sports
The Michigan State Spartans have split their last four games and play their first contest in eight days. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 75.1 points on 49.8 percent shooting and is allowing 61 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Travis Trice leads MSU 15.2 points and 5.4 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Branden Dawson is grabbing nine rebounds a game while Bryn Forbes is shooting 50.8 percent from the field. The Michigan State Spartans are one of the more balanced teams in the country, which includes 44.4 percent shooting from the beyond the arc and nearly 40 rebounds per game. Defensively, Michigan State is holding teams to 29.2 percent shooting from deep and forcing more than 11 turnovers.
The Golden Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Oakland is an offensive machine and MSU hasn't exaclty been blowing teams out this season as the Spartans are still trying to figure itself out. Getting 20-plus free points with an Oakland team that can score points by the truckload seems to be the way to go.