Getting to number 1 is not easy, but staying there can be even more difficult, especially when every team you play will raise their game to try and knock you off. The Michigan State Spartans are tops right now, but have a tricky little neutral site trip to The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Tuesday, December 22. Tip-off for this College Basketball odds clash is set for 7 PM EST on ESPNU.
How to bet the Spartans vs Golden Grizzlies College Hoops Odds
The Michigan State Spartans have been on a roll to start the season, and are fully deserving of their straight up odds of -435. If you think that Oakland can hang with them for an extended period of time, you might be tempted to take the Golden Grizzlies to cover at odds of +10.5. It might also be worth your while having a little flutter on the OVER/UNDER at 153.
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Why bet on the Michigan State Spartans at odds of -8
While this is considered a neutral site game, the 12-0 Michigan State Spartans are going to look up and see a lot of green in the stands cheering them on. The Spartans have already played 4 neutral site games this season, and it goes without saying that they won them all. Going back a little further, the Spartans have gone 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games played at a neutral site. In their last 16 games overall, the Michigan State Spartans have gone 12-4 ATS. They are not perfect when covering the spread, so there may be a little money-making opportunity there. The Spartans are averaging 79.7 PPG this season versus 56.9 PPG against.
Why bet on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at odds of +9
Just like Michigan State, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (7-3) will be playing a neutral site game in their home state. Oakland seem to have put their rocky patch behind them, and are coming into this one with 4 straight wins under their belt. All 3 of their losses have come on the road, whereas neutral site games this season has them going a perfect 2-0 SU. The Golden Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, and are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win. Oakland is averaging 86.7 PPG this season, but are giving up 76.0 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Oakland Golden grizzlies can score, and may well be able to hang with the Spartans for a little while. Their play on the defensive side of the ball is suspect, though, and you get the sense that Michigan State will eventually just wear them down.
My Final Prediction: Michigan State Spartans 79 Oakland Golden Grizzlies 64