Michigan vs Minnesota Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 8 (Wolverines Claw Past Golden Gophers' Defense)

Devon Platana
Michigan vs Minnesota prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Michigan vs Minnesota prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Paul Sancya
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Michigan vs Minnesota Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Michigan Wolverines (5-3, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4, 0-1 Big Ten)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Williams Arena — Minneapolis, MN
Coverage: Big Ten Network

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, including a Big Ten collision between the Michigan Wolverines and Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Michigan stumbles into this matchup having lost back-to-back contests, including a 73-69 loss to ranked Kentucky on Sunday. Fortunately for the Wolverines, Minnesota hasn't done any better than them, picking up its third consecutive loss after falling 89-70 to then-No. 5 Purdue four nights ago.

Which Big Ten program will snap its losing skid tonight?

Michigan vs Minnesota Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: MICH: (-200) | MINN: (+164)
Spread: MICH: -4.5 (-108) | MINN: +4.5 (-112)
Total: 135.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Michigan enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 135.5 points, which is slightly below average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Michigan vs Minnesota Prediction & Pick

Yes, Michigan has lost its last two games, but both losses came against ranked schools. Tonight's matchup against Minnesota is much more favorable, especially when you consider that the Golden Gophers have lost each of their last six games against fellow Big Ten opponents.

Besides, Minnesota has one of the worst offenses in the United States, averaging just 63.1 points (No. 310) on 42.5% shooting (No. 221) with 12.9 turnovers per game (T-No. 160).

Michigan might not be perfect, but it only lost to Virginia and Kentucky by one and two possessions, respectively. I don't see the Golden Gophers providing much of a threat, meaning one should expect a Wolverines victory tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Michigan: 71 | Minnesota: 67

Michigan vs Minnesota Betting Trends

- Michigan is 10-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 14 games against Minnesota.
- Minnesota is 0-6 straight up in its last six games against the Big Ten.
- The total has hit the over in four of Michigan's last five games against the Big Ten.
- The total has hit the under in five of Minnesota's last seven games against Michigan.

Michigan vs Minnesota Best Bet

Even though Michigan and Minnesota have combined for the under more often than not lately, I don't see that happening tonight. Neither team is an offense powerhouse, but they're still combining for 138.2 PPG and neither defense has been at the top of its respective game lately.

Furthermore, the Big Ten rivals have combined for more than 135.5 points in three of their last four meetings, as well as in eight of the last 12 overall. With the total also going over in six of Michigan's last seven road games, too, I'm taking the over for tonight's matchup.

Bet: Over 135.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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