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Bradley vs Northern Iowa Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Braves vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Bradley Braves at Northern Iowa Panthers
- Where: Cedar Falls at McLeod Center
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Bradley -2, BRADLY -136 | NIOWA +111 O/U 135.5
The Bradley Braves will be looking to pick up their 25th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. So far, the Braves have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 4-6. This season, Bradley has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 13-3. For today’s contest, Bradley has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.
Malevy Leons comes into today’s game as the Braves’ leading scorer at 11.54 points per contest. Not only has Leons been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Bradley’s top rebounder at 6.46 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 11.21 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.2% of his shots and is adding 2.17 boards 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Bradley, the Northern Iowa Panthers will be taking the floor for the 24th time this season and have an overall record of 12-11. Currently, the Panthers have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 8-4. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 11 times, going 3-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Northern Iowa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bowen Born who is averaging 19.26 points per game for the Panthers. Born 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 Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tytan Anderson who has hit 47.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.7 points per game.
On offense, Northern Iowa is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 23 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.81% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Bradley Braves -2
If you are eying this matchup between Northern Iowa Panthers 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 -2 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 Panthers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Braves’ to win the game and cover the spread.