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The 10th-ranked Michigan State Spartans will look to stay red hot when they battle the No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference showdown between two of the top teams in the league on Tuesday. The Spartans (15-3, 6-1), who defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 86-74 on Friday, have won 10 of 11. The only loss in that span was a 64-62 decision to Northwestern on Jan. 15. The Fighting Illini (13-5, 6-2), who have lost two in a row, including an 81-65 setback at Maryland on Friday, have won six of eight. Illinois center Kofi Cockburn (concussion) is questionable.

The game from State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill., is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Michigan State is averaging 75.3 points per game, while Illinois averages 79.3. The Fighting Illini are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Michigan State vs. Illinois odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 142. Before making any Illinois vs. Michigan State picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 12 of the season with a 49-36 record on all top-rated college basketball picks, returning almost $700. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,800 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Michigan State vs. Illinois, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Illinois vs. Michigan State:

  • Michigan State vs. Illinois spread: Illinois -4.5 
  • Michigan State vs. Illinois over-under: 142 points 
  • Michigan State vs. Illinois money line: Illinois -200, Michigan State +170
  • MSU: The Spartans are 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600 
  • ILL: The Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games 
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Why Illinois can cover 

Senior guard Trent Frazier is among five Fighting Illini players averaging double-digit scoring at 13.4 points per game. He is averaging 18.4 points over the last five games, including 13.2 points in the second half. With 1,648 points, Frazier is five points away from joining Illinois' top 10 career scoring list. He already ranks in the top 10 in career games played (second), 3-pointers made with 287 (third), steals with 190 (sixth) and minutes played (sixth). He scored 18 points and had a career-high tying seven assists in a win over Michigan on Jan. 14.

Senior guard Jacob Grandison averages 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He is connecting on 49.6 percent of his field goals, including 46.8 percent from 3-point range, and 87 percent from the free throw line. In the loss to Maryland, Grandison scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He scored a season-high 21 points in a win at Iowa on Dec. 6.

Why Michigan State can cover

The Spartans are led by senior forward Gabe Brown, who is averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. The co-captain scored a career-high 24 points in a win over High Point, and has scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games. He also scored 20 points in the 73-67 win at Northwestern on Jan. 2. He is second in the league in free throw percentage at 95 percent, and is ninth in the league in 3-pointers made in Big Ten games at 2.14 per game. 

Freshman guard Max Christie is off to a fast start to his collegiate career. He has been Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times, including for Jan. 17, and averages 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Over the past six games, he is averaging 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 52.2 percent from the floor on 23 of 44 shooting, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range. He had a career-high 21 points against Nebraska on Jan. 5, and has reached double figures nine times this season.

How to make Michigan State vs. Illinois picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 144 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's Illinois vs. Michigan State pick at SportsLine

So who wins Michigan State vs. Illinois? And which side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Michigan State vs. Illinois spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up $2,800 on its college basketball picks the last five years, and find out.