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Michigan State vs Minnesota Basketball Picks 3-14-24

Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-13) vs. Michigan State Spartans (18-13)
March 14, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -6.5; Over/Under: +135.5
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In this article we will formulate a Minnesota vs Michigan State betting prediction for this college basketball game on Thursday, March 14th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Minnesota recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Michigan State recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Minnesota
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Michigan State
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Minnesota and Michigan State
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Minnesota and Michigan State

Minnesota Preview

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 18-13 (9-11) this season after they lost to Northwestern by a score of 90-66 in their last game. Minnesota trailed 53-41 at the half and only scored 25 second half points in the loss. The Golden Gophers shot 49.1% from the field and had 10 turnovers in the game. Minnesota lost to Indiana by a score of 70-58 in the game prior to Northwestern, but did beat Penn State before that. The Golden Gophers are scoring 75.7 points per game with 35.4 rebounds per game and 17.5 assists per game, while allowing 71.6 points against per game this season. Dawson Garcia is averaging 17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. Minnesota is shooting 47.2% from the field, 69.6% on free throws, and 35.8% on three pointers this year. 

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Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans are 18-13 (10-10) this year after they lost to Indiana by a score of 65-64 in their last game. Michigan State trailed 34-29 at halftime, but nearly came back in the second half. The Spartans shot 38.5% from the field and were -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Michigan State defeated Northwestern by a score of 53-49 in the game prior to Indiana, but lost the three games before that. The Spartans are scoring 73.4 points per game with 34.7 rebounds per game and 16.3 assists per game, while giving up 65.9 points against per game this year. Tyson Walker is averaging 18.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game. Michigan State is shooting 46% from the field, 70.5% on free throws, and 36% on three pointers this season. 

Minnesota vs Michigan State Betting Prediction

Michigan State comes into this game looking to solidify their spot in the NCAA Tournament, but a loss could potentially knock them out. The Spartans have struggled down the stretch, losing four of their last five games. Minnesota has also played poorly to finish the regular season, losing four of their last five. Michigan State won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 76-66, while Minnesota won the second meeting by a score of 59-56. I don’t really trust either team in this game, but Minnesota could have a nice advantage with this game being played in Minneapolis. Take the points with Minnesota. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Minnesota +6.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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