Michigan vs UCLA Free Spread Pick on the Hardwood – King Sports Picks
Michigan Wolverines (7-2 SU, 2-4 ATS) at UCLA Bruins (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS)
Saturday Dec 10th, 8pm EST
Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles, CA
Line: UCLA -9.5
The Wolverines move up to 7-2 (2-4 ATS) Tuesday night with their win over the Texas Longhorns. Michigan is lead by senior Zak Irvin who averages 13.6 and 4.8 RPG. Michigan is not a team that will shoot the lights out in the gym and only average 69.2 PPG which ranks them 277th in the nation.
The team’s two main men in the middle, DJ Wilson and Moritz Wagner, will have a tall task of containing UCLA’s active bigs. Michigan ranks 10th in the country giving up only 58.2 PPG and they will need to give their best defensive effort Saturday evening when they face UCLA’s top ranked offense.
UCLA has been scoring at a torrid pace and have surpassed 100 points in 3 games this season and scoring 99, 98 and most recently 97 points in their win over Kentucky on December 3rd. The Bruins were +11 point underdogs and covered easily with a 97-92 win in Lexington.
The Bruins are averaging 55.1% from the floor which is extremely difficult to defend for any opposing team. Ranked second in both polls, UCLA is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season. Isaac Hamilton leads the Bruins with 18.1 PPG, followed by T.J. Leaf (17.2 PPG), Bryce Alford (15.3 PPG) and Lonzo Ball (14.6 PPG). They are in no shortage of scorers and one of the emerging superstars on this team is Lonzo Ball a 6’6 freshman guard who will likely enter the NBA Draft after his freshman season. While Ball averages 14.6 PPG, he also averages 5 RPG and 9 assists per game. The kid can do it all and is a force on the court.
The Wolverines are just 2-5 ATS their last 7 games and 2-5 ATS their last 7 non-conference games. The Bruins are 6-0 ATS their last 6 overall and 5-0 ATS their last 5 home games. In the end, the Bruins will be too much for the Wolverines to handle. Michigan doesn’t have the ability to score enough baskets to keep up with UCLA. Bruins cover the spread at home and stay undefeated.
Michigan vs UCLA Spread Pick: UCLA -9.5