Bradley Braves (12-6) vs. Drake Bulldogs (13-5)
January 14, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Drake Bulldogs -2.5 / Bradley Braves +2.5; Over/Under: +129.5
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The Bradley Braves and Drake Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Knapp Center. The Bradley Braves look for their 13th win. The Drake Bulldogs look for their 14th win.
The Bradley Braves are averaging 69.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 58.7 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Rienk Mast is averaging 13.6 points and 9 rebounds, while Duke Deen is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. Malevy Leons is the third double-digit scorer and Ja’Shon Henry is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Bradley Braves are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bradley Braves are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 75.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Tucker Devries is averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, while Roman Penn is averaging 11.3 points and 3.8 assists. Garrett Sturtz is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Sardaar Calhoun is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Drake Bulldogs are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game.
The Braves are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. The under is 20-8 in Braves last 28 overall. The under is 12-3 in Bulldogs last 15 home games. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Drake Bulldogs are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they’re at home, but the truth is there’s not a ton of separation between these teams, and you can argue Bradley is playing the better ball overall. Bradley is playing its best ball of the season right now, and that defense has turned up a notch or two. Give me the free bucket.