Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead NCAAB Expert Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs Duke Blue Devils
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Duke Will Look to Remain at the Top as They Meet Michigan State

Betting Odds & Aengus Moorehead NCAAB Expert Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs Duke Blue Devils

#2 Michigan State Spartans vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils

Spartans: 1-0 (1-0-0 ATS)
Blue Devils: 2-0 (1-0-0 ATS)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: ESPN

The Story:
The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils will attempt to make an early statement as they get ready to face their biggest challenge of this young season when they prepare to meet the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans in a huge non-conference showdown with the clash set to be broadcasted Tuesday night on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. and live from the United Center in Chicago. The Blue Devils will look to remain unbeaten for the ninth time against their archrivals.

The Spartans have never beaten the Blue Devils in the regular season dating back to 1998. The only win Tom Izzo and his squad has to show for was back in the 2005 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals when the Spartans stunned Duke 78-68 as a 4-point underdog. This game will either cement Duke’s position as the clear No. 1 team in the nation or could elevate the Spartans to the top if they finally beat their rivals.

The Blue Devils enter this Champions Classic as a 2½-point favorite, according to BetOnline Sportsbook, with the total resting at 157 points. The Blue Devils have won their first two games of the season rather convincingly. They beat the Elon Phoenix 97-68 as a 19.5-point favorite on Friday then the next day, they took care of the Utah Valley Wolverines 99-69. Utah Valley is the same team that almost caused an upset against fifth-ranked Kentucky last Friday.

On paper, the Blue Devils is the most talented team but the Spartans are slightly more experienced as Duke has one of the youngest squads in the country with 8 freshmen in its roster. The Spartans have played only one game thus far this season and pleased their backers with a 98-66 win over the North Florida Ospreys. They covered the numbers by just half a point in the win. The Spartans will take advantage of Duke’s lack of experience and will take this one in a close call.

BetOnline has the Duke listed as 2½-point favorites and the game's total open at 157.

#2 Michigan State Spartans vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
527 Michigan State
156
528 Duke
-2
  Moneyline
+115/-135

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Duke was a 99-69 winner in its last match at home against Wolverines.

Michigan State was a 98-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Ospreys. They covered the -31.5-point spread as favorites.

#2 Michigan State Spartans vs. #1 Duke Blue DevilsBetting Odds& Trends

Michigan State:
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Michigan State's last 10 games
Michigan State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duke

Duke:
Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Duke's last 8 games when playing Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State home to Stony Brook Sunday, November 19
Duke home to Southern Friday, November 17

The result:
Michigan State 79, Duke 77.

Aengus Moorehead NCAAB Expert Picks: Michigan State +2 & 157 Under at MyBookie

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