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Western Michigan vs. Milwaukee - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (4-8) at Western Michigan Broncos (5-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -7 -- Over/Under: 141.5
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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Panthers and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in college basketball action from the University Arena in Read Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Milwaukee Panthers come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after an 87-64 win over subdivision Wisconsin Lutheran in their last outing. DeAndre Abram led the Panthers with 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 4 threes, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double. Vance Johnson added 17 points and Darius Roy chipped in 13 points with 3 triples and 4 assists and Jake Wright added 11 points with 3 threes as well. Bryce Barnes added 10 points and 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Milwaukee in the win, while Bobby Arthur-Williams added 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes in the victory. Roy leads the Panthers with an average of 15.3 points and 4.2 assists per game while Abram leads Milwaukee in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Milwaukee is averaging 70.6 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 76.7% from the foul line this season.

The Western Michigan Broncos will be looking for a bounce back performance after a pair of consecutive losses following an 85-72 loss to Dayton last time out. Michael Flowers led the Broncos with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Josh Davis added 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 3 threes of his own. Patrick Emelien added 10 points and 5 rebounds to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Michigan in the losing effort. Flowers leads the Broncos with an average of 15.7 points and 3.5 assists per game while Seth Dugan leads Western Michigan in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 74.8 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against the MAC while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 games following a win. Western Michigan is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Horizon League while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss. Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Neither of these teams have been anything to write home about ATS, so it’s hard to pick a side here. However, I need to see more than a win over a subdivision opponent before putting any faith in a Milwaukee team that’s struggled ATS lately and has had no luck against the number in recent years in this matchup. Western Michigan hasn’t been great at home dating back to last season, but I think the Broncos are more battle tested and should get the win and cover in this game so I’ll lay the points with Western Michigan.

Western Michigan -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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