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Bradley vs Drake Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Braves vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Bradley Braves at Drake Bulldogs
  • Where: Des Moines at The Knapp Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Bradley +2, BRADLY +112 | DRAKE -138 O/U 127.5

Braves Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Drake, the Bradley Braves will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 12-6. So far, the Braves have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 2-5. For the season, Bradley has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Braves being +2 point underdogs.

Malevy Leons comes into today’s game as the Braves’ leading scorer at 11.11 points per contest. Not only has Leons been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Bradley’s top rebounder at 5.78 boards per contest. Behind Leons, the team has benefited from the strong play of Duke Deen, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.72 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.7% of his shots and is adding 2.39 boards per game.

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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.

Bulldogs Preview:

The Drake will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 13-5. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 9-0. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Drake has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 11-3.

Drake will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tucker DeVries who is averaging 17.67 points per game for the Bulldogs. DeVries 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 Bulldogs’ offensive game plan is the play of Roman Penn who has hit 45.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.12 points per game.

On offense, Drake is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 33.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.66% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Bradley Braves +2

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Drake Bulldogs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2. However, we anticipate Bradley putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Bulldogs as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Braves to cover.

 


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