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Can Anyone Slow Down Dominant Michigan State?

An early-season loss to Duke seems to have motivated the newly No. 1-ranked Michigan State Spartans. Miles Bridges and company are riding a streak of 13 straight wins, all of which have come by double digits. Of course, Michigan State has been a great bet during that span with the program going 9-4 ATS. The Spartans look to remain undefeated in conference play when they host the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday.

  • Maryland held Michigan State to its lowest point total of its past 25 games.
  • The favored team is 2-8 ATS in the last 10 games in this matchup.
  • Michigan State is 17-0 SU and 15-2 ATS in its last 17 games as home favorites.

Michigan State is in the top 15 in the country in points, rebounds, assists, points allowed and opponent shooting percentage. Though Bridges and Jaren Jackson get all the headlines, it has been Nick Ward who has truly been special this season. The sophomore is averaging 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 72.1 percent in just 18 minutes per game.

Despite losing projected first-round draft selection Justin Jackson for the season, Maryland has rattled off five consecutive wins without its star. Sophomore Kevin Huerter has taken on an offensive load since Jackson’s injury with the six-foot-seven guard averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 12-for-26 from beyond the arc.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Maryland Terrapins opened as 14-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Maryland Terrapins vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 14-1 and 10-5 ATS Michigan State Spartans will face the 13-3 Maryland Terrapins, who own an 8-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 9-6 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Terrapins are 6-6.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spartans rated this week at No. 2 and the Terrapins sitting at No. 39.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Michigan State's No. 11 nationally ranked offense (87.73 points per game) against a Maryland Terrapins defense that sits as the No. 20 at 63 PPG. The Spartans have been averaging 53.06% from the field, more than the Terrapins have managed so far this season (48.9% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Terrapins got 18 points from Anthony Cowan as Maryland ran past Penn State 75-69 on Tuesday at Xfinity Center.

The battle between the Spartans and Tigers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Savannah State was handed a 108-52 defeat on Sunday at Breslin Center.

Betting Trends
  • Maryland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Maryland is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • Maryland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Michigan State
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 5 games when playing Michigan State
  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Maryland home to Iowa, Sunday, January 7
Michigan State at Ohio State, Sunday, January 7