Bradley Braves vs. Missouri State Bears Free Prediction 01/15/20

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The Bradley Braves (12-5, 3-1 MVC) will be at JQH Arena to go head-to-head against the Missouri State Bears (8-9, 2-2 MVC) in a MVC matchup. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Bradley Braves vs. Missouri State Bears ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Bears were blown out by the UNI Panthers, 80-57, while the Braves won big over the Southern Illinois Salukis, 67-48.

Bradley dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.491 (above their season average of 0.484) and a free throw rate of 0.214 (below their season average of 0.238). For those same stats, Southern Illinois was 0.342 and 0.158, respectively. Missouri State, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 6.7 (better than their season average of 19.4). Missouri State’s Isiaih Mosley had a good outing, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds. Ja’Shon Henry played a key role for Bradley with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Bears edged out the Braves in this series last year, winning two out of three games. In the last contest, Bradley won 61-58. One of Bradley’s biggest strengths was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 16-19 (84.2 percent), while the Bears were just 9-14 (64.3 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The Braves’ Darrell Brown has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 16 points,4.0 assists per game. Meanwhile, Mosley has averaged 13 points during that same time frame for the Bears.

Half-court execution will be critical when two of the country’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Missouri State ranks 318th in possessions per game (66.5) and Bradley is 285th (67.5).

Bradley vs. Missouri State Free Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Missouri State, ATS Winner – Missouri State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Missouri State ranks 70th in three pointers allowed per game (19.9) while Bradley ranks 240th (25.2).
  • The Braves rank 14th in rebounds per game (41.4) while the Bears rank 125th (36.4).
  • Missouri State is 28th in the nation with 10.2 assists allowed per game while Bradley is 42nd with 10.6 assists allowed per game.

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 63.8 points per game (2.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (2.9 above their season average).
  • The Braves’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.8, up from 9.5 for the season.