The UCLA Bruins (5-2) take on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (4-2) in the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Michigan State Spartans vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Prediction
The Spartans will be hoping for similar success after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in their last matchup, 93-85. The Spartans held the Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6 (below their season average of 32.3) and had a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.214). With 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting, Cassius Winston led Michigan State in scoring.
The last time the Bruins were in action, they won big over the Chaminade Silverswords, 74-48. UCLA’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Chaminade. The Bruins had a rate of 0.594 (above their season average of 0.499), while the Silverswords posted a mark of 0.258 (below their season average of 0.530). Jaime Jaquez Jr. was the game’s top scorer with 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field.
UCLA might struggle to put up points as they square off against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Since last season, Michigan State ranks 26th in defensive efficiency while the Bruins rank 137th in offensive efficiency.
Michigan State Spartans vs. UCLA Bruins Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Over
Michigan State ranks third in assists per game (18.5) while UCLA ranks 290th in assists allowed per game (15.4).
The Spartans rank eighth in rebounds per game (40.8) while the Bruins rank 190th in rebounds allowed per game (35.5).
Michigan State averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. UCLA ranks 128th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
The Spartans average 21.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 193rd in the NCAA. The Bruins rank 308th in three pointers allowed per game (26.1).
UCLA ranks 162nd in steals per game (6.2) while Michigan State ranks 253rd (5.3).