Planning on watching today’s Bulldogs and Spartans game? Catch the action at Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, as the Spartans hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on FS1. The over/under for this game is set at 139.5 points, and the Spartans are the home favorites against the Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup.
BUTLER BULLDOGS VS MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Butler Bulldogs +8.5
This game will be played at Breslin Center at 6:30 ET on Friday, November 17th.
WHY BET THE BUTLER BULLDOGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Spartans.
- Even though we have Michigan State winning straight-up, we like Butler at +8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.
Can the Bulldogs Pull Off a Road Win?
Butler, who has a 3-0 record overall, is preparing for their fourth game of the season. In their previous three road games, including last year, Butler went 1-2. As of today, Butler has a perfect 3-0 ATS record. Looking back at their previous ten games, including those from last season, Butler is 6-4 against the spread.
Butler comes in with an over/under record of 1-2-0 through three games, with their games averaging a combined 141.3 points per game so far. The Bulldogs’ last five games have culminated with an average of 79 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.
Compared to their season average of 88.7 points per game, Butler struggled in their previous game. Against East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs scored 81 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.9%. Leading Butler in scoring vs. East Tennessee State was DJ Davis with his 15 points. Posh Alexander also added 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Currently, the Bulldogs’ defense holds the 7th rank in the nation, allowing 52.7 points per game. Against East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs’ defense gave up 47 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, East Tennessee State only made 8 free-throws.
Will Michigan State Find a Way to Win at Home?
After three games, Michigan State has a 1-2 record. In their last three games as the favorite, Michigan State is 1-2. As of today’s game, Michigan State holds a 0-3 ATS record. Taking into account the previous season, Michigan State has gone 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games.
Michigan State’s games have, on average, featured 139.7 points per game leading to an over/under record of 1-2-0. Their average over/under line is currently 145.2 points so far. The Spartans’ last five games have culminated with an average of 69 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.
In their latest game, Michigan State offense put up 65 points against Duke. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 41.3% and made 6 threes. Tyson Walker is leading the team in scoring at 23.7 points per contest. Malik Hall has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.3 going into the game.
Currently, the Spartans’ defense holds the 59th rank in the nation, allowing 68.0 points per game. Michigan State’s three-point defense is currently 38th in the country at 7.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.8% of their shots vs. Michigan State.