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Rutgers vs. Michigan State Predictions, Odds

  • January 5, 2020
  • By David Schwab

The No. 14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the No. 17 Michigan State Spartans highlight Tuesday night’s Big Ten betting action in a 9 p.m. (ET) tip at the Breslin Center on ESPN2.



Rutgers-Michigan State Betting Odds

  • Spread: Michigan State -1.5
  • Money-Line: Michigan State -125 Rutgers +105
  • Total: 149.5

Odds Subject to Change

Michigan State has been opened as a slight -2.5-point home favorite in this matchup with the betting line on the total set at 150.5 points. Rutgers has dropped two of its last three Big Ten games to fall to 7-2 straight-up on the year.

By covering as a three-point home underdog in a two-point loss to Iowa on Saturday, it is 5-1 against the spread through its last six games. The total has gone OVER in six of the nine games.

The Scarlet Knights have lost nine-straight games against Michigan State since joining the Big Ten. They are 4-5 ATS with the total going OVER in six of those previous nine meetings. Yet, they are 4-1 ATS in the last five matchups.

Michigan State snapped a SU three-game skid with Saturday’s 84-77 road win against Nebraska. However, it is now failed to cover in eight of its first 10 games while going 7-3 SU. The total has gone OVER in four of its last seven games.

The Spartans have won seven of their last eight home games SU with the total going OVER in nine of their last 13 games overall.


Betting Analysis – Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 7-2
  • ATS: 5-3-1
  • SU - Home: 6-1
  • SU - Away: 1-1
  • O/U: 6-2-1

The Scarlet Knights able to play Iowa tough at home on Saturday but struggles from the free throw line probably cost them the win.

Guard Ron Harper leads the team in scoring with 22.1 points per game. He is hitting 53.6% of his shots from the field and 48.3% of his three-point attempts. His percentage from the free throw line sinks to just 55.6%.

The Scarlet Knights, as a team, have four players averaging at least 10 PPG as part of an 80-point average. They have a very respectable field goal percentage (49.0) while shooting 39.3% from three-point range. The team percentage from the foul line is just 60.5%. Defensively, Rutgers is giving up an average of 71.7 PPG.

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