Bradley vs. Missouri State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Missouri State at Bradley

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Carver Arena)

Bradley Braves -3.5 -- Over/Under: 140

TV: ESPN+

The Missouri State Bears and the Bradley Braves meet in MVC conference college basketball action from the Carver Arena on Saturday night.

The Missouri State Bears will look to build on a 72-57 win over Indiana State in their last outing. Tulio Da Silva led the Bears with 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Jarred Dixon added 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Keandre Cook added 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Bears in the win while Ryan Kreklow and Kabir Mohammed each had 6 rebounds with Kreklow adding 3 steals in the victory. Dixon leads Missouri State in scoring with 14.6 points per game while Mohammed leads the Bears in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game and Josh Webster leads Missouri State in assists with 5.5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Missouri State is averaging 76.2 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

The Bradley Braves will look to bounce back after losing 3 straight and 7 of their last 9 games following a 61-50 loss to Valparaiso last time out. Darrell Brown led the Braves with 14 points while Luuk van Bree added 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 threes and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 11 points with an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Bradley in the losing effort. Brown leads the Braves with an average of 15.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while Elijah Childs leads the Braves in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 67.6 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32% from 3-point range and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Missouri State is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 16-5 in their last 21 games following a win. Bradley is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 conference games. Missouri State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Missouri State has had their issues against Bradley for a couple of seasons now, however the fact of the matter is we are getting points with the team playing much better basketball at the moment in Missouri State. The Braves haven’t scored more than 60 points in each of their last 3 games while Missouri State has scored at least 62 points in all of their games this season. If Bradley struggles shooting the basketball for another night, I don’t just see Missouri State covering, but I see the Bears winning this one outright so I’ll take the points with Missouri State here.

Chris’s Pick Missouri State +3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.