Michigan State vs Buffalo Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, December 30, 2022

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The Michigan State Spartans (8-4) will try to continue a three-game winning run when hosting the Buffalo Bulls (6-6) on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. It airs at 6:00 PM ET.

The Spartans are currently colossal 15.5-point favorites over the Bulls. A 149.5-point over/under is set for the matchup.

Michigan State vs. Buffalo Odds

Point Spread for Michigan State vs. Buffalo

The spread for this matchup is set at 15.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Michigan State as the favorite.

Michigan State vs. Buffalo Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Michigan State has -1580 odds to pick up the win, while Buffalo is listed at +864 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
  • Arena: Jack Breslin Students Events Center

Michigan State vs. Buffalo Betting Trends

Against the spread, Michigan State is 5-7-0 this season. The Spartans have been chosen as favorites in nine games this year and have walked away with the win six times (66.7%) in those games. Michigan State’s games this year have gone over the total in six out of 10 opportunities (60%).

In Buffalo’s 10 games this season, it has seven wins against the spread. The Bulls have won three of the eight games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (37.5%). Buffalo’s games this year have hit the over five times in 10 opportunities (50%).

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Michigan State vs. Buffalo Key Players to Watch

Michigan State

A.J Hoggard is tops on his team in assists per game (5.9), and also posts 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocked shots. Joey Hauser puts up 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also posting 2.3 assists, shooting 48.8% from the floor and 46.3% from downtown with 2.1 made 3-pointers per contest. Tyson Walker puts up 13.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 1.0 steal and 0.3 blocked shots. Mady Sissoko averages 6.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 0.4 steals and 0.8 blocked shots.

Buffalo

Zid Powell gets the Bulls 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He also delivers 1.7 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. LaQuill Hardnett is posting a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game. And he is producing 8.4 points and 1.2 assists, making 53.1% of his shots from the floor. Isaiah Adams is averaging 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, making 41.0% of his shots from the field and 30.9% from 3-point range, with 1.4 triples per contest.

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What you need to know about the Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans are averaging 69.5 points per game (241st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while giving up 66.4 points per contest (117th-ranked). Michigan State is 134th in the country with 33.6 boards per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 201st with 31.3 rebounds allowed per game.

With 7.4 threes per game, Michigan State ranks 192nd in the nation. It sports a 37.7% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 48th in college basketball. The Spartans are allowing 7.9 three-pointers per game (267th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 30.9% three-point percentage (96th-ranked).

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What you need to know about the Buffalo Bulls

In 2022-23, the Bulls are 44th in college basketball on offense (79.8 points scored per game) and 24th-worst on defense (76.3 points conceded). Buffalo grabs 33.8 rebounds per game and give up 31.8 boards, ranking 120th and 223rd, respectively, in the country.

Buffalo is 234th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (7.0 per game) and 280th in 3-point percentage (31.9%). In 2022-23, the Bulls are 169th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (7.0 per game) and 122nd in defensive 3-point percentage (31.5%).

Michigan State vs. Buffalo Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Michigan State, and we predict that Buffalo will cover the spread (Michigan State -15.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 149.5 points.

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How to bet Michigan State vs. Buffalo

You can bet on Michigan State vs. Buffalo at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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