Eastern Michigan vs.  #22 Michigan basketball predictions for NCAAB 11/11

Eastern Michigan vs. #22 Michigan basketball predictions for NCAAB 11/11

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Michigan basketball kicked off its season with a 75-56 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne and was led by center Hunter Dickinson, who scored 22 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Wolverines didn’t shoot the lights out, but they held the visitors to 29.6% shooting overall and 23.7% shooting from three. They will now welcome Eastern Michigan and former Michigan State Spartan, Emoni Bates, to Ann Arbor Friday night, and our experts have Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan predictions.

Let’s dive into their best bet with the odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.

EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. MICHIGAN PREDICTION: Eastern Michigan +18.5 (-118 at FanDuel)

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Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan basketball predictions

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will visit the Michigan Wolverines Friday night, and we predict that the visitors can cover the +18.5 spread currently available at FanDuel Sportsbook. Both teams kicked off their seasons with a win, and while Michigan took down Purdue Fort Wayne 75-56, Eastern Michigan grabbed a 75-66 victory over Wayne State. Additionally, they picked up this win without star transfer Emoni Bates, who is expected to play Friday night.

Bates was the former 2022 No. 1 overall high school basketball prospect and committed to Michigan State before de-committing and deciding to go to Memphis. He was a disappointing freshman season for Bates, and he played in just 18 games and averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.6 steals. He’s also had to deal with off-the-court issues and was arrested and charged with two felony gun charges this past September. Those charges have been dismissed, and he was reinstated by the team on October 13.

Although we haven’t seen much of Emoni since joining Eastern Michigan, he can light up the scoreboard and scored 27 points in his debut with EMU against Grand Valley State in an exhibition game in October. Additionally, Bates should complement the Eagles well, and sharpshooter Noah Farrakhan (16.6 PPG, 41% from three in 2021/22) should pair well with the big man. Bates will finally get an opportunity to get back on track, and we anticipate a big game from the Ypsilanti, Michigan native.

Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan basketball pick featuring Eastern Michigan +18.5

Michigan’s defense played extremely well in their season opener, and Hunter Dickinson had his way against smaller opponents. It’s highly likely that Bates and Dickinson will go toe-to-toe Friday night in the paint, which should be a fantastic matchup. However, outside of Dickinson and guard Jett Howard (21 points in 31 minutes), the Wolverines’ offense stalled at times, and we expect Eastern Michigan to give them more problems on defense than Purdue Fort Wayne did.

These two teams haven’t played each other since 2014, so there isn’t a lot of historical data to go off of for this matchup. However, we anticipate a tightly fought game, and the return of Bates should be a big boost to an Eastern Michigan team that will want to compete in the Mid-American Conference this season. We think they’ll hit enough shots to keep this game close, and Bates should make Dickinson more uncomfortable than he was in the season opener.

Therefore, our best bet from our Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan predictions is for the Eagles to cover the +18.5 spread currently available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Eastern Michigan vs. #22 Michigan basketball odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook

Eastern Michigan is a +18.5 underdog with -118 odds against Michigan, who are -18.5 favorites with a -104 price at FanDuel Sportsbook. A $118 bet on the Eagles +18.5 profits $100 if they pull off an upset or lose by 18 points or less, while a $104 wager on Michigan -18.5 returns $100 of winnings if they’re victorious by 19 or more.

The game total (over/under) for the matchup is 143.5, and both sides of the total have -110 odds. Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account through this link to receive a No Sweat First Bet worth up to $1,000 in time for Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan Friday night.

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