Last Updated on December 1, 2020

  • Duke is -3.5 against Michigan State on Tuesday. The total is set to 151.5.
  • Duke is 13-3 all-time against Michigan State.
  • This game was moved from a neutral site to Cameron Indoor Stadium due to the pandemic.


The college basketball season is in full swing and Tuesday brings us a top-10 matchup between college hoops blue bloods. No. 6 Duke will host No. 8 Michigan State at Cameron Indoor as the two schools look to make an early statement this season. Duke is not used to seeing top-10 non-conference opponents at home, but the pandemic is changing everything this year.

Even though the Cameron Crazies won’t be there to cheer on the Blue Devils, Duke is still the favorite entering this game. Let’s take a look at this matchup with odds, betting angles, and a prediction.


Duke – Michigan State Odds

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The consensus spread on this game is Duke -3.5. The Blue Devils are -167 on the moneyline compared to Michigan State at +146. It’s not uncommon to see the home team as a slight favorite when two evenly matched teams face off. The total is set to 151.5, but it’s as high as 152 at some sportsbooks.


Game Preview and Betting Angles

Although the college basketball schedule is still a mess, we are getting some excellent games early in the season. This Duke-Michigan State battle should be one of the best games of the season up to this point and it presents an intriguing opportunity for bettors.

With that said, there is great risk in betting on early-season games. Preseason rankings are often way off and it usually takes a few weeks before we know who’s for real and who was overrated.

Duke opened the season with a 10-point victory over lowly Coppin State. Michigan State already has two wins under its belt with victories coming against Eastern Michigan and Notre Dame.

Perhaps the most intriguing matchup in this game will take place on the sidelines. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo have 20 Final Fours between them and are still at the top of the food chain in college basketball.

Duke has two freshmen who went off against Coppin State — DJ Steward and Jalen Johnson. Steward recorded 24 points off the bench while Johnson racked up 19 points and 19 rebounds.

The Spartans are looking to replace big-time contributors in Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman this season. They have a deep roster with returning guys like Rocket Watts, Joshua Langford, and Aaron Henry. This experience should help them during this bizarre season. Also, keep an eye on Marquette transfer Joey Hauser.


How To Watch Duke – Michigan State Tuesday

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium (Durham, North Carolina)
  • TV: ESPN


Betting Picks & Score Prediction

Michigan State looked excellent in their win over Notre Dame, but we’re taking Duke laying the points in this one. Although there won’t be any fans in the stands, the Blue Devils will have a homecourt advantage simply due to the fact that they won’t have to travel for this game. Duke won’t run away with it, but they will cover the 3.5 points.


Final Score Prediction: Duke wins 78-70