Michigan State Spartans vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: January 5, 2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 8, 2021

The No. 23 Michigan State Spartans (7-3) host the No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-2) in a matchup of Big Ten teams at Breslin Center, beginning at 9:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The Spartans are 1-point favorites in the game, the first matchup between the teams this season. The matchup’s over/under is set at 152.5.

Betting Information

Michigan State vs Rutgers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Michigan State -1 -109 -112 152.5 -110 -110 -115 -106

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Michigan State vs Rutgers
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Rutgers (+1) Over (152.5) Rutgers 80 Michigan State 73

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Total Facts

  • The Spartans and their opponents have combined to score more than 152.5 points in 40% of their games this season (four of 10 opportunities).
  • Rutgers has played in three games this year (out of nine total matchups — 33.3% of chances) where they and their opponents combined to score at least 152.5 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 6.5 more points per game (159) than this matchup’s over/under of 152.5 points.
  • Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 147.2 points per game, 5.3 less than the point total in this matchup.
  • The average point total for Spartans games this season is 2.1 more points than the total of 152.5 in this matchup.
  • The average over/under for Scarlet Knights games this year is 0.9 less points than the point total of 152.5 for this outing.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Spartans score 79 points per game, 7.4 more points than the 71.6 the Scarlet Knights allow.
  • Michigan State has a 7-1 record overall and a 2-0 record against the spread when putting up more than 71.6 points.
  • Rutgers is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall when allowing more than 79 points.
  • The Scarlet Knights score just 4.4 more points per game (80) than the Spartans allow (75.6).
  • Rutgers has put together a 3-0 ATS record and a 5-0 overall record in games it scores more than 75.6 points.
  • Michigan State is 0-3 against the spread and 1-2 overall when it allows more than 80 points.
  • The Spartans have out-scored their opponents by a total of 34 points this season (3.4 points per game on average), and the Scarlet Knights have put up 76 more points than their opponents on the year (8.4 per game).

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Michigan State Betting Information

  • Michigan State has struggled against the spread, going 2-8 on the year.
  • When favored by at least 1 points, the Spartans have struggled to a 1-8 record ATS this season.
  • Michigan State has been reliable for the over this season, combining with opponents to hit the total in 6 of 10 games for a 60% rate.

Rutgers Betting Information

  • Rutgers has a winning record against the spread, going 5-4 ATS (covering 55.6% of the time).
  • The Scarlet Knights have not fared well as a 1-point underdog, going 2-3 against the spread when they are at least 1-point underdogs.
  • Rutgers has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 66.7% of matchups this season (6 out of 9 opportunities).

Head to Head

Michigan State vs Rutgers (Last 3 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/8/2019 Michigan State -14 141.5 -1430 798 Regular Season 77-65 MSU
2/20/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 71-60 MSU
11/30/2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 78-67 MSU

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Michigan State Leaders

  • The Spartans leader in points and assists is Aaron Henry, who puts up 13.4 points per game to go with 4.1 assists.
  • Joey Hauser leads the Spartans in rebounding, pulling down 7.9 boards per game while also scoring 12.3 points a contest.
  • Gabe Brown paces his teammates on the Spartans with 1.7 made threes per game.
  • Henry and Marcus Bingham Jr. lead Michigan State on the defensive end, with Henry leading the team in steals averaging 1.6 per game and Bingham in blocks averaging 1.3 per contest.

Rutgers Leaders

  • Ron Harper Jr. racks up 22.1 points per game and is the top scorer for the Scarlet Knights.
  • Myles Johnson puts up a stat line of 8.7 rebounds, 8.0 points and 1.2 assists per game for Rutgers to take the top rebound spot on the team. Jacob Young has the top spot for assists with 5.2 per game, adding 15.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per outing.
  • Harper contributes the bulk of the Scarlet Knights’ three-point shooting production. He knocks down 3.5 threes per game to lead the team.
  • Young (2.4 steals per game) is the steal leader for Rutgers while Johnson (2.0 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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