UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans ATS Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, College Basketball

The 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans (3-1) will be in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena when they clash against the 17th-ranked UCLA Bruins (4-0). The game begins at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Spartans easily got past the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 101-33, while the Bruins defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose 80-65.

UCLA dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 38.5 (above their season average of 31.8) and a free throw rate of 0.254 (above their season average of 0.168). For those same stats, Presbyterian was 17.0 and 0.190, respectively. Meanwhile, Michigan State dominated every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.194 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 14.5). For those same stats, Tennessee Tech was 0.039 and 25.7, respectively. Nick Ward was a key piece for Michigan State with 23 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Jalen Hill had a good game for UCLA, recording nine points and 20 rebounds.

It might turn into a high-scoring affair as two of the nation’s best offenses battle. Since the 2017-18 season, Michigan State ranks sixth with 119.0 points per 100 possessions and UCLA is 48th (112.3). The Bruins should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 56th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent). Conversely, the Spartans have forced the seventh-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.1 percent).

UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Michigan State ranks sixth in rebounds per game (41.7) while UCLA ranks 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).
  • The Bruins rank 190th in steals per game (5.8) while the Spartans rank 281st (4.4).
  • Michigan State ranks first in blocks per game (7.1) while UCLA ranks 57th (4.2).
  • The Spartans rank 112th in three pointers allowed per game (21.0) while the Bruins rank 308th (26.0).
  • Michigan State ranks first in assists per game (19.5) while UCLA ranks 188th in assists allowed per game (13.6).