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Duke vs Michigan State Expert Predictions

Max Staley
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The No. 2-seed Michigan State Spartans square off against the No. 1-seed Duke Blue Devils today with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Blue Devils haven't looked as dominant in the tournament as many fans expected they would, narrowly escaping upset losses the last two rounds, but they are still 2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're thinking of placing a wager on this matchup, you might want to check out what some of the experts are saying first.

Michigan State vs Duke Predictions

Sports Chat Place

The staff at Sports Chat Place is picking the Spartans to cover the spread, but they aren't confident enough to pick an outright winner. Their staff believes Duke's shaky performances recently suggest that Michigan State can keep this contest close.

College Football News

On the other hand, Pete Fiutak, of College Football News, is picking Michigan State to pull off the upset, predicting a final score of 76-73. Fiutak believes the Spartans' veteran leadership and strong interior defense gives them the edge in this one.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

Finally, ESPN is giving Duke a 57.5 percent chance at advancing to the Final Four, which suggests this is a pretty even contest.

Overall, this game seems pretty divisive. Only one expert is picking Duke to win outright, but both experts who picked the game with the spread are taking Michigan State to cover, with Fiutak also predicting they will pull off the upset.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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