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Michigan vs Michigan State Basketball Picks 2-17-24

Michigan State Spartans (16-9) vs. Michigan Wolverines (8-17)
February 17, 2024 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +6.5; Over/Under: +143.5
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The Michigan State Spartans will play the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten game on Saturday night at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State has won four of their last five games, while Michigan has lost seven of their last eight. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Michigan State vs Michigan prediction.

Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans are 16-9 (8-6) this year after they defeated Penn State by a score of 80-72 in their last game. Michigan State led 45-31 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite allowing 41 points in the second half. The Spartans shot 50.8% from the field and were +10 in rebounding margin in the game. Michigan State defeated Illinois by a score of 88-80 in the game prior to Penn State, but lost to Minnesota before that. The Spartans are scoring 75.3 points per game with 34.7 rebounds per game and 17.2 assists per game, while allowing 65.9 points against per game this year. Tyson Walker is averaging 18.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Michigan State is shooting 47.6% from the field, 69.8% on free throws, and 37.2% on three pointers this season. 

Michigan Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are 8-17 (3-11) this season after they lost to Illinois by a score of 97-68 in their last game. Michigan trailed 47-29 at halftime and they allowed 50 points in the second half in the blowout loss. The Wolverines shot 42.1% from the field and were 1-10 on three pointers in the game. Michigan has lost seven of their last eight games and 12 of their last 14. The Wolverines are scoring 75.7 points per game with 36.2 rebounds per game and 12.9 assists per game, while giving up 79.1 points against per game this season. Dug McDaniel is averaging 16.8 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 4.7 assists per game. Michigan is shooting 45.4% from the field, 71.1% on free throws, and 36.3% on three pointers this year. 

Michigan State vs Michigan Betting Prediction

These two teams come into this matchup trending in opposite directions, but it is a rivalry game, so you never know what is going to happen. Michigan has been blown out in their last two games, which were on the road, but beat Wisconsin in their last home game. Michigan State has had trouble on the road all season, but they did beat Penn State in their last road game. Michigan had a decent lead on MSU in the first half of their first meeting this season, but Michigan State dominated the second half for the win. I don’t think there is a ton of fight left in this Michigan team, but I do think they will fight to keep this game close, as it is the only thing left to play for. Take Michigan and the points at home. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Michigan +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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