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Bradley vs. Illinois State - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (15-11) at Bradley Braves (8-19)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Carver Arena)

The Line: Bradley Braves +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Illinois State Redbirds and Bradley Braves meet Wednesday at the Carver Arena.

The Illinois State Redbirds look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 68.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Daishon Knight is averaging 13.9 points and 2.5 assists while DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Reggie Lynch is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Bobby Hunter is shooting 44.9 percent from the field. The Illinois State Redbirds have five players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 71.6 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois State is allowing 34.7 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last eight games.

Bradley vs. Illinois State - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Bradley Braves could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, Bradley is averaging 57.3 points on 37.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Warren Jones is averaging 13.4 points and 1.9 assists while Tramique Sutherland is averaging 12.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Auston Barnes is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Cunningham is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Bradley Braves have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 66.4 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Bradley is allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five straight games.

The Redbirds are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Braves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Redbirds are 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Bradley and 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.

I'm going with the Bradley Braves as more of a fade from the Illinois State Redbirds. Illinois State has only covered five of the last 20 games against Bradley, which includes just 3-13 ATS in the last 16 games in Bradley. With those trends, I have no choice but to take the points and the home team. 

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