The No. 14 Michigan State Spartans (9-3) square off against the Western Michigan Broncos (7-5) at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan State Spartans ATS Prediction
In the Broncos’ last contest, they blew out the Aquinas College Saints, 84-61. The Broncos had a much better free throw rate (0.241 vs. 0.115) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.657 vs. 0.443). With 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting, Michael Flowers was the top scorer from either team.
The Spartans dismantled the Eastern Michigan Eagles in their last outing, 101-48. The Spartans, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.521, had an extraordinary mark of 0.669 and had a free throw rate of 0.373 (above their season average of 0.258). Cassius Winston was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field.
The high-octane offense of Michigan State will square off against the porous defense of Western Michigan. The Spartans rank 18th in offensive efficiency, while the Broncos are 312th in defensive efficiency. The Spartans figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan State Spartans Betting Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Over
Michigan State ranks second in assists per game (19.3) while Western Michigan ranks 170th (11.0).
The Spartans average 42.6 rebounds per game, which ranks ninth in the country. The Broncos rank 168th in rebounds allowed per game (37.8).
Michigan State ranks 27th in blocks per game (4.9) while Western Michigan ranks 145th (2.2).
The Spartans average 22.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 106th in the NCAA. The Broncos rank 165th in three pointers allowed per game (22.0).
The Broncos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, up from 2.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 80.4 points per game (0.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (0.3 below their season average).