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Rutgers vs. Michigan State Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 12-8-2019

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#805 Rutgers
Scarlet Knights
#806 Michigan State
Spartans

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

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Game Stats

Rutgers

6 - 2

16-14
ATS
15-15
O/U
67
PPG
68
OPPG

Michigan State

5 - 3

27-12
ATS
15-24
O/U
77
PPG
64
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights head to Michigan to face the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten game on Sunday night. Both seasons begin conference play on the back of a defeat in their previous game. Who will start with a win?

Rutgets go down to Pittsburgh, but start season well

Form

The Scarlet Knights had started the season in sprightly fashion, with a 6-1 record. However, they were quite easily beaten by Pittsburgh in their previous game 71-60. Yet, they have enjoyed a solid start and things are looking bright.

Last game

Myles Johnson and Ron Harper each put up double-doubles: 14 points, 14 rebounds and 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Rutgers' leading scorer Baker had nine points but also had five turnovers.

What was said?

“Everyone tries to make it hard on him,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said of Baker's single-digit scoring game. “We just turned it over way too much. That’s not characteristic of us.”

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Michigan State routed in sub-par performance

Form

The No. 11 Spartans have been decent, but unremarkable season to date. They have been beaten by No. 2 Kentucky and in their last game by No. 10 Duke 87-75. So far, the Spartans are 5-3 for the season.

Last game

Xavier Tillman scored 20 points, Marcus Bingham added 13 and Cassius Winston chipped in with 12 points. Draymond Green's jersey was retired.

Personnel update

Rocket Watts is likely to miss this game with an injury.

What was said?

“We got it taken to us early and we didn’t respond,” coach Tom Izzo said. “It’s my job to get them ready and I’m going to do a better job of getting them ready. I won’t panic like most fans because I’ve been here before.”

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

While Rutgers have been solid defensively this season, allowing opponents to score under 40% from the field, this may not be that kind of opponent. MSU's ego will be hurt after what coach Izzo called an embarrassing performance against Duke. This may be a game where the Spartans come out ready from the outset and put away Rutgers as early as halftime.

Prediction: MSU -14.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Pace of play is an important intangible metric to measure this market. Rutgers prefer playing slow, controlled basketball. They concede over 60 points per game on average, and keep opponents to a little over 30% from the field from three-point range. Michigan State tend to prefer the same style of basketball in big games. As a result, the total should stay under.

Prediction: Under 141.5

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. We now have his talents here at StatSalt. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and years of handicapping experience makes him one to follow as a reliable capper. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.

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