Michigan State vs. Cleveland State - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (3-9) at Michigan State Spartans (12-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -33 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland State Vikings and Michigan State Spartans meet Friday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center.
The Cleveland State Vikings look for a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Cleveland State Vikings are averaging 67.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Kenny Carpenter is averaging 13.7 points and 2.8 assists while Tyree Appleby is averaging 11.7 points and two rebounds. Bobby Word is grabbing 2.3 rebounds and Anthony Wright is dishing 1.7 assists. The Cleveland State Vikings are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 61.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland State Vikings are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland State Vikings have lost eight straight road games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look for a 12th straight win to remain unbeaten at home. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 84.4 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 62.2 points on 33.5 percent shooting. Miles Bridges is averaging 16.8 points and 2.3 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Cassius Winston is dishing 6.9 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won 12 straight home games.
The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Spartans last 7 overall and the under is 7-1 in Vikings last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home.
The Michigan State Spartans are obviously the better and deeper team here, but this is a ton of points to just throw out there due to the talent gap being large. The Cleveland State Vikings didn't lose by this much against Cincinnati and they took East Carolina down to the wire in a losing effort. You lay this much chalk and you open yourself up to a backdoor cover. Give me the points, if I had to pick this game.