While the Nebraska Cornhuskers have gotten off to a fine start this season, the visiting sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans are on fire right now and looking every bit like a legitimate threat to win this season’s national championship. With the Spartans on fire and the Cornhuskers looking to find some consistency, let’s find out why Tom Izzo’s ballclub has the look of a value-packed lock in this one!
Michigan State vs Nebraska NCAAB Lines & Betting Pick
- When: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
- TV: FS1
- Radio: Michigan State / Nebraska
- Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
- NCAAB Odds: Michigan State -2 / Total: 146
Why Bet On Michigan State at -2?
Why should you consider betting on Michigan State in this contest? Well, the best reason would be because the Spartans are on fire, having won 10 straight games coming into this affair including an emphatic 71-56 beatdown of Penn State on Sunday.
Nick Ward led the way to victory with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Matt McQuaid added 15 points in the win.
Another great reason to back Michigan State is the fact that they have one of the best offenses in the nation in putting up 85.5 points per game to rank 12th in scoring nationally. Last but not least, with at least three potential NBA performers, the Spartans simply have more elite talent on their roster than Nebraska.
- Average Score For: 85.53
- Field Goals: 50.49%
- Three Points: 39.84%
- Free Throws: 72.12%
- Rebounds: 43.82
- Average Score Against: 66.82
- Field Goals: 36.91%
- Three Points: 30.95%
- Free Throws: 66.37%
- Rebounds: 31.76
Why Bet On Nebraska at +2?
Why should you consider betting on Nebraska in this contest? Well, the best reason would be because the Cornhuskers are playing at home where they’ve gone a perfect 9-0 SU and stupendous 6-1 ATS. Another good reason to back Nebraska is the fact that they’ve won two straight and put a 66-51 beat-down on No. 24 Indiana on Monday.
Glynn Watson led the way to victory with a team-high15 points while Isaac Copeland added 14 points in the win. Last but not least, Nebraska has the better defense in this affair and one of the best in the nation in limiting the opposition to just 60.8 points per game to rank 10th nationally in points allowed.
- Average Score For: 78.47
- Field Goals: 47.27%
- Three Points: 36.41%
- Free Throws: 72.62%
- Rebounds: 36.47
- Average Score Against: 60.82
- Field Goals: 38.32%
- Three Points: 27.91%
- Free Throws: 68.68%
- Rebounds: 36
Michigan State vs Nebraska NCAAB Betting Trends
- Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games
- Nebraska is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
- Nebraska is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nebraska’s last 5 games when playing Michigan State
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Michigan State vs Nebraska
There’s a reason why a whopping 71 percent of public bettors like Michigan State in this one and it’s because the Spartans have too much talent and are playing too well right now to lose this contest against a quality opponent they should be up for in this one.
The Spartans are an unblemished 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win and 5-0 ATS in their last five following an ATS win. Michigan State is also 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games against their Big Ten conference rivals.
While Nebraska has gone a blistering 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight-up win and 29-8-1 ATS in their last 38 games overall, the Cornhuskers are also just 1-5 in their last six Thursday night contests. While I’m certainly expecting Nebraska to put up a great effort in this one, I like Michigan State to get by the Cornhuskers in a thriller while narrowly covering the spread.
NCAAB Betting Pick: Michigan State 75 Nebraska 70