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Rutgers vs Michigan State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/4/23

Michigan State Spartans (14-8) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (15-7)
February 4, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3.5 / Michigan State Spartans +3.5; Over/Under: +126.5
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


Rutgers is listed as a 3.5-point favorite with a ML price of -200. The total for this game is set at 126.5 points.


Neither side has anyone listed on the injury report for this game, so barring any last-minute announcements, both sides will come into this game at full strength.

Matchup History

Michigan State’s 70-57 win over Rutgers back on January 19th, 2023, snapped Rutgers’ two-game win streak in this head-to-head matchup.


Michigan State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a loss while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games. Rutgers is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.


I’m sticking with Rutgers here. I just think the Scarlet Knights are the better team and even though this isn’t a true home game for the Scarlet Knights, I think there’ll be plenty of Rutgers fans in the stands that it’ll feel like a home game. Regardless, there’s that old saying that defense travels, and with the trouble that Michigan State has had away from home, I don’t know how confident I am in their prospects in this game. I think that this is a great spot for Rutgers’ defense to show up and get a big win here so give me the Scarlet Knights.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Rutgers -3.5

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