Michigan State Spartans Vs. Duke Blue Devils, NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game. The most anticipated game of the day of this phase in the tournament. The Spartans hope to continue on a good run after having easily won the first three games of the tournament. Really the Spartans now are going to play against a dangerous opponent. On the other hand, the Blue Devils have a lot to prove tonight, they still have defensive problems. The last game for Duke was against Virginia Tech Hokies but they could not complete the spread of -7.5 points for defensive problems.
Michigan State Spartans: Power reserved.
The Spartans closed the regular season with 27 wins and only six losses. The best thing for the Spartans this season was having won the conference championship in the Big Ten. The championship of the conference were victories against Ohio State 77-70, Wisconsin 67-55 and the grand final against the Wolverines 65-60. The Spartans have not lost a game since winning against Nebraska in the regular season. The three victories in the NCAA Tournament were against Bradley 76-65, Minnesota 70-50 and Louisiana State 80-63.
This season the Spartans are scoring an average of 78.5 points per game, 28.33 FG points, 74.4% free throw shots, 8.37 three pointers, 19.37 assists. The defense is allowing an average of 65 points per game, 23.30 FG points, 67.1% free throw shots, 7.23 three pointers and 12.20 assists.
The ATS record is 27-10-0 overall this season. 2-1-0 in the last games of the NCAA Tournament, against Bradley was the only loss in the spread without completing -17.5 points. Against Minnesota they completed -10.5 and against LSU -6.0 in the spread. For this game the team is underdog with +2.0 in the spread.
Duke Blue Devils: Favorites but with problems.
The Blue Devils win against any team in the NCAA Tournament. After the first big win against North Dakota State 85-62 the team had problems in the other games. Against Central Florida in the second game they could barely win 77-76. In the last game against Virgini Tech Hokies the ghosts of bad defense also appeared winning by only two points 75-73. The Blue Devils do not lose a game since the first of the conference championship against Syracuse. Six consecutive victories.
The offensive of the Blue Devils is one of the most dangerous throughout the season. The team is scoring an average of 83.1 points per game, 30.83 FG points, 68.9% free throw shots, 7.50 three pointers and 16.13 assists. The defense allows up to 67.8 points per game, 25.13 FG points, 69% free throw shots, 6.27 three pointers and 12.47 assists.
The ATS record is negative only for a game 18-19-0 in the entire season. In the last conference championship games and NCAA Tournament the ATS record is 1-5-0. The defense has been problematic to close the games. The last victory against the Spartans 88-81 was in 2017, the overall record is 8-0 and 5-3-0 against the Spartans.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils 03/31/2019 is: take the Michigan State Spartans +2.0 (Point Spread).
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