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Michigan State vs. Oakland - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Grizzlies (4-8) at Michigan State Spartans (9-2)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -25 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Michigan State Spartans meet Friday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies could use a statement win after losing five of their last six games. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are averaging 76.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 51.7 percent shooting. Xavier Hill-Mais is averaging 22.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jaevin Cumberland is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 assists. Karmari Newman is grabbing 1.7 rebounds and Braden Norris is dishing 5.2 assists. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 24.6 rebounds per game. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have lost five of their last six road games.

The Michigan State Spartans look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 86.5 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Nick Ward is averaging 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while Joshua Langford is averaging 16.4 points and two assists. Cassius Winston is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Tillman is dishing 1.6 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans haven’t lost a home game since January 13.

The Golden Grizzlies are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS loss, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Spartans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Michigan St. The over is 6-2 in Golden Grizzlies last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 overall.

The Michigan State Spartans are obviously the much better team here, but the Oakland Golden Grizzlies are battle tested and have played MSU ever year since 2012, so they won't be scared of the moment. Oakland has played UNLV, Xavier and Georgia on the road this season, holding its own while only being outscored by eight points on the road on average. Oakland is also a pretty good offesive team, which includes being sixth in the country in three point percentage. I'll take a stab with the free buckets.

Pick:
Oakland Golden Grizzlies +25

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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