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Arizona to Extend Perfect ATS Record vs Michigan State

No.21 Michigan State’s season has not started on the right foot and faces another tough test against No. 3 Arizona, one of the top teams in the nation. However, there is a chance Michigan State can start to get back on track with a competitive game against Arizona in college basketball spreads on Thanksgiving.

In the Wildcats’ last game, they continued to be one of the top teams in the nation, remaining undefeated by beating UT Arlington 101-56 in a game that was close in the early moments. The Spartans also picked up a win, dominating Alcorn State 81-49 and never letting the game get close.

Arizona to Extend Perfect ATS Record vs Michigan State
Arizona to Extend Perfect ATS Record vs Michigan State

Arizona Complete Team

There is a reason why Arizona is just climbing up the rankings and becoming a legitimate contender for the national championship in college basketball lines. The Wildcats’ roster is stacked, and that has been on display through all five of their wins, helping them to a 5-0 record and covering the spread in each game.

Heading into this matchup with Michigan State, Arizona has one of the most complete teams in the nation. Six players on the roster average double-digit scoring while playing 17 or more minutes. It is a total team effort by the Wildcats in every win, which is why they have proven to be so good.

Anyone on Arizona’s starting lineup can have a big game at any time. Against UT Arlington, Oumar Ballo and Kylan Boswell led the team in scoring with 15 points each. Keshad Johnson, Caleb Love and Pelle Larsson rounded out the starting lineup in double figures while Motiejus Krivas had 10 points off the bench. Those are the six players averaging over 10 points per game.

Those six players are why college basketball odds will keep siding with Arizona. The talent will speak for itself and the Wildcats have a lot of it, which has given them an advantage in most games this season.

Michigan State Hoping to Get Star Player Back

While Arizona has been well-balanced, Michigan State has relied heavily on one player, Tyson Walker, who is averaging 23 points. The offense runs through him, with only one other player in double figures –Malik Hall at 10 points per game.

However, in the lopsided win over Alcorn State, Walker had to miss the game due to an illness. He still sat on the bench and seems likely to play against Arizona. Whether Walker plays or not will significantly impact college basketball predictions shifting the game’s outcome against a top-tier team.

On the other hand, the Spartans survived without him to have a resounding victory over Alcorn State. Tre Holloman came alive in the win, scoring 17 points, going 5 of 5 from three, and was a massive spark for the Spartans. On top of that, A.J. Hoggard and Jaden Akins combined for 24 points while Coen Carr had 11 off the bench.
If this balance can carry over into the matchup with Arizona, it would be crucial for Michigan State and Walker. If he can get support from the rest of the roster, that would greatly help the Spartans in NCAA basketball picks.

Arizona vs Michigan State Best Bet

Even if Walker plays, that should not shift college basketball picks. Arizona is still the better team, and while Michigan State might be getting back on track, this is still a tough matchup. The Wildcats should once again play as a team to get the win and cover.

On top of that, both schools have played Duke, with Arizona winning on the road and Michigan State losing at home.

College basketball Best Bet: Arizona -5 -110

 

 

Arizona vs Michigan State Betting Lines

 

Arizona vs Michigan State Game Information

  • Game: Arizona (5-0) vs Michigan State (3-2)
  • Location: Acrisure Arena, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 23, 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Arizona vs Michigan State Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team is likely to have a 20-point scorer in the game?


There is only one player in this game averaging over 20 points per game, and that is Tyson Walker for Michigan State.

Which team is more likely to have a player with over 2 steals?


Kylan Boswell is leading Arizona’s steals, averaging 1.6 per game, on a team that averages 10 per game. He should be the option to have two steals in the game.

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