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NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends - Northwestern Wildcats Underdogs vs Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans will try to cover the point spread at Breslin Center on Friday when they get a visit from the Northwestern Wildcats in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Michigan State Spartans as -2-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Friday; they are 9-3 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Michigan State Spartans are 6-7 ATS. Northwestern Wildcats are 5-6-1 on betting the total; Michigan State Spartans are 6-7.

The Spartans - Wildcats odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 140 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 37.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Northwestern is ranked No. 73 in NCAA basketball at 39.14 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State's No. 97 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 103-ranked team in the country at 8 per game, while Northwestern rates No. 65 at 8.71 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Scottie Lindsey went off for 31 points and added 5 rebounds for good measure, leading Northwestern to a 87-77 win over Penn State on Tuesday at Bryce Jordan Center.

The Spartans got a 22-point performance from Nick Ward, who added 22 rebounds, as Michigan State ran past Minnesota 75-74 on Tuesday at Williams Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Northwestern is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northwestern's last 9 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Michigan State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northwestern
  • Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northwestern

Next Betting Matchups

Northwestern home to Minnesota, Thursday, January 5th
Michigan State at Rutgers, Wednesday, January 4th