Last Updated: 2017-12-28
The Bradley Braves (10-3), 2-point favorites, will be at Knapp Center to take on the Drake Bulldogs (6-7) in a MVC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 135.5 points and it is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 28, 2017.
Bradley Braves at Drake Bulldogs ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the Bulldogs easily got past the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 81-57, while the Braves were blown out by the Ole Miss Rebels, 82-59.
Drake dominated every facet of the game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.588 (above their season average of 0.533) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3 (above their season average of 24.8). Maryland Eastern Shore was 0.404 and 24.4, respectively, for those same stats. Bradley, meanwhile, held Ole Miss to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 30.6). Drake was led by Reed Timmer, who recorded 21 points, six assists and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Darrell Brown played well for Bradley, contributing 16 points and five assists.
Contrasting styles will be on display in this matchup. Drake has preferred to play up-tempo (86th in possessions per game), while Bradley has been more half-court-oriented (301st in possessions per game).
Vegas tends to set the total high when the Braves are involved, as 10 of their 11 games have finished under the total. Bradley comes into the contest with records of 10-3 straight up (SU) and 7-3-1 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Bradley, games including the Bulldogs have typically finished over the total (70.0 percent). Further, Drake is 6-7 SU and 5-4-1 ATS.
The Braves dominated this series last year, winning all three games. In the last game, Bradley won 67-58. Bradley’s effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over Drake. The Braves had a rate of 0.481 while the Bulldogs posted a mark of 0.362. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Bradley Braves at Drake Bulldogs ATS Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Drake, ATS Winner – Drake, O/U – Over
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Bradley ranks eighth in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while Drake ranks 114th (3.8).
The Braves average 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 111th in the NCAA. The Bulldogs rank 189th in assists allowed per game (15.3).
Drake ranks 39th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Bradley ranks 103rd (6.5).
The Braves average 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. The Bulldogs rank 157th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
Drake averages 24.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 70th in the NCAA. Bradley ranks 155th in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
Bradley is 3-3 ATS on the road, while Drake is 1-0 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 1 of the Bulldogs’ 1 home games, while 6 of the Braves’ 6 road games have gone under.
In their last five games, Bradley and Drake are both 2-2 ATS.
The Braves have 3 unders and 1 over over their last five games, while the Bulldogs have 3 overs and 1 under
During their last five games, the Braves have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (4.7 above their season average).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.6, down from 1.9 for the season.