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Duke vs. Michigan State - 11/14/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (1-0) at Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the United Center on ESPN.

The Duke Blue Devils look for a quick 3-0 start to the season after beating Elon and Utah Valley. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 98 points on 54.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Marvin Bagley III is averaging 24.5 points and 10 rebounds while Grayson Allen is averaging 20 points and two assists. Gary Trent Jr is the third double-digit scorer and Trevon Duval is dishing 10 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 45.8 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won 10 of their last 11 neutral site games.

Duke vs. Michigan State - 11/14/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan State Spartans look to improve to 2-0 on the season after beating North Florida on Friday. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 98 points on 57.4 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 34.8 percent shooting. Miles Bridges is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds while Nick Ward is averaging 16 points and two rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Jaren Jackson Jr. is grabbing 13 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have split their last six neutral site games.

The Blue Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

We're really grasping at straws here when trying to decide who is going to win this basketball game. Michigan State is the deeper basketball team, but I give Duke the edge due to better top level talent, and I see that being the difference on the big stage. Duval should be able to control the tempo and allow easier buckets for the rest of the Blue Devils, while Allen has a knack for coming up big under the bright lights and can takeover offensively for stretches. There's a bit more pressure on Bridges to create and lead MSU offensively, and he did come up small in the bigger games last year against Duke and Kentucky. Close back-and-forth game, but I like the Blue Devils to get the job done.

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