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Missouri State Bears vs. Bradley Braves - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Bradley Braves at Missouri State Bears
Date & Time Wednesday January 15, 2020, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jqh Arena
JQH Arena, 685, South John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, 65807, USA
The Line
Missouri State -1.5 O/U 126.5
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Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Bradley Braves travel to the JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears. Bradley comes in on a two-game winning streak, the most recent win a dominating victory over Southern Illinois holding them to just 48 points and winning 67-48 to improve their record to 12-5. Missouri State was dominated by one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, the UNI Panthers. Missouri State lost 80-57 to drop their record on the season to 8-9.

Bradley comes in averaging 72.1 points per game which ranks 165th in college basketball. The Braves have shot just 42.8% from the field but are successful from the three-point line shooting 35.8% to rank 77th in the NCAA. Leading Bradley in scoring is senior guard Darrell Brown who leads the team in points with 14.1 and also leads the team in assists with 4.7 per game. Brown is a volume shooter shooting just 31.1% from the field. Operating in the paint is junior forward Elijah Childs who leads the team in rebounds with 9.1 per game and adds 14.2 points per game for the Braves. 

Missouri State is one of the worst offenses in the country averaging 66.4 points per game which ranks 301st in the country. Missouri State as a team shoots 43.1% from the field and 34% from the three-point line both of which rank outside the top 150 in college basketball. Missouri State is led in scoring by Keandre Cook who averages 14.4 points per game while adding 5.2 rebounds per game. Leading rebounder and controlling the paint for the Bears is Tulio Da Silva who averages 7.5 rebounds per game while adding 10.4 points per game.

Both teams boast a solid defense with Bradley allowing opposing teams to score 62.6 points per game and has held teams to 37.7% from the field and 28.9% from three. Missouri State opponents average 64.9 points per game while shooting 42.2% from the field and 31.4% from the three-point line.

Bradley has been good for bettors and brings in a 10-6 record ATS on the season. Bradley has covered in five straight games and has won four of their last five games straight up. Missouri State struggled at the beginning of the season but has begun to figure it out and has a 9-8 record ATS while covering in five of their last seven. Final score prediction, the offensive struggles for Missouri State continue and Bradley wins the game as 1.5 point underdogs with a 64-60 final score.

Pick:
Bradley Braves +1.5
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