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Michigan State vs. UCLA Basketball Thxgiving Day Betting Preview!

Posted by: Mike Davis
Michigan State Spartans vs. UCLA Bruins

There are plenty of sportsbook opportunities to take advantage of this Thanksgiving evening. But if you’re looking for a thrilling college basketball betting matchup to wager on, then tonight’s Michigan State vs. UCLA basketball pairing is the contest for you. The Spartans come in ranked No. 11 in the nation and will be looking to take care of the lesser ranked No. 17 UCLA Bruins. Will the NCAA betting odds favor UCLA at a neutral site, or will they peg Michigan State as the favorite?

Michigan State vs. UCLA Basketball – Thursday, November 22nd  

When: 10:00 pm ET

Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: Fox Sports 1

Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Basketball Betting Odds:

Michigan State -6 (-110) 158 (-110)   -260
UCLA +6 (-110) 158 (-110) +220
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Michigan State Spartans         

The Spartans leap into this Thanksgiving Day matchup sporting a 3-1 record. Although they kicked their season off with a loss, Michigan State was able to bounce back with a three game winning streak. Granted, that opening day loss wasn’t a massive deal considering they were facing No. 1 Kansas. On top of that, the Spartans were able to put up a respectable fight, losing the matchup 92-87. That 3-game winning streak might be enough to peg them as a favorite over UCLA, but it’s safe to say that the Bruins are a much tougher team than anyone they faced in that 3 game stretch. Looking over the numbers, it’s clear this matchup will come down to the wire. Right now the Spartans are scoring 93.5 per game while giving up 66.5 defensively. For comparison, the Bruins are scoring 90.5 and are allotting 68.5 to their opponents.

Players to Watch: Cassius Winston (17.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.0 apg), Joshua Langford (17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Nick Ward (15.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).

UCLA Bruins

The Bruins jump into tonight’s contest flashing a 4-0 undefeated record. While kicking off the season with 4 straight wins is a hallmark of a great team, UCLA has yet to face a nationally ranked opponent. It’s safe to say that tonight’s turnout will have massive implications on UCLA’s national ranking. However, since the Bruins are 3-1 in their last 4 meetings against the Spartans, UCLA has got to be feeling pretty good about their chances tonight. Especially since this contest will be taking place at a neutral site – which is better than facing Michigan State on the road.

Players to Watch: Kris Wilkes (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), Moses Brown (17.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Jaylen Hands (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg).

Michigan State vs. UCLA Basketball Betting Predictions


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA’s last 6 games
  • UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 9 of Michigan State’s last 13 games
  • Michigan State is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
  • Michigan State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Michigan State vs. UCLA Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in Michigan State vs. UCLA basketball matchup? All in all, the odds out on UCLA are too lopsided to not capitalize on. Sure they haven’t really been tested this season, but you can cash in on some value off of this prediction. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 91-89 UCLA.