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Belmont vs Bradley Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Bruins vs Braves Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Belmont Bruins at Bradley Braves
  • Where: Peoria at Carver Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Belmont +7, BELM +250 | BRADLY -319 O/U 136.5

Bruins Preview:

The Belmont Bruins head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 14-6. On the road, the Bruins will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 5-4. So far, the Bruins have been the underdog 5 times, going 3-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.

Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.25 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 4.9 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.75 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.4% of his shots and is adding 3.9 boards per game.

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Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Bradley, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.

Braves Preview:

Bradley will take the floor against the Bruins with an overall record of 13-7. Currently, the Braves have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Braves’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Bradley has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 10-2.

Bradley will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Duke Deen who is averaging 11.1 points per game for the Braves. Deen is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Braves’ offensive game plan is the play of Malevy Leons who has hit 48.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.05 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Bradley this season, as they are currently ranked 224th in college basketball at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Braves’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 267th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Bradley Braves -7

If you are eying this matchup between Belmont Bruins and Bradley Braves as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Bradley to cover the spread as -7 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Bradley shooting well enough to keep the Bruins at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Braves’ to win the game and cover the spread.

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