Betting on today’s Braves and Panthers game? Catch the action at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN2. Bradley come into this Missouri Valley conference matchup as the -2.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 140.5 points.


The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers +2.5

This game will be played at McLeod Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Northern Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Braves Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?

Bradley is 16-5 when favored this season and they are favored by 2.5 points heading into today’s game. They are 18-8 overall and 10-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play. On the road, they have gone 7-5, compared to 10-3 at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.5 points per game.

In their last game, Bradley defeated UIC by a score of 85-73. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 5-5. So far this season, they have gone 8-3 in non-conference games.

As the favorite this season, Bradley has gone 11-8-2 vs. the spread. On the road, the Braves are 6-5-1 ATS. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Bradley is 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, the Braves are 1-2 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record in Bradley games is 16-9. Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (140.1). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average of 147 points scored in those games. On the year, their games have finished with more points than today’s line in 15 of 25 contests.

Bradley finished with 85 points in their game against UIC. This total surpasses their season-average of 75.8 points per game. Leading the team in scoring was Darius Hannah with 21 points. Malevy Leons also added 18 points for the Braves.

The Braves’ defense is presently ranked 84th nationally, allowing an average of 68.1 points per contest. The Bradley defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed UIC to connect on 8 threes.

Can Northern Iowa Grab a Win at Home?

After defeating Valparaiso by a score of 86-67, Northern Iowa has a 14-12 record this season. So far, they have gone 8-7 in Missouri Valley Conference games and 6-5 in non-conference matchups. At home, the Panthers are 7-4 compared to their 6-8 record on the road.

As the underdog, Northern Iowa has gone 3-8 this season. They have been the underdog in 11 of their 26 games. For the season, they have a scoring differential of +0.6 points per game at home.

As the underdog, Northern Iowa has gone just 4-7 against the spread this season. Over their last ten games as the underdog, the Panthers have an ATS mark of 4-6. At home, Northern Iowa has an ATS record of 6-5 this year and they are just 1-2 ATS in their last three home games.

On the season, the over/under record for Northern Iowa sits at 11-14 and today’s line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (143.9). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and the over/under record is 1-2.

Northern Iowa’s offense had a good outing, putting up 86 points against Valparaiso. They achieved a 66.7% field goal percentage and went 10/14 from the free-throw line. Nate Heise is leading the team in scoring at 13.8 points per contest. Bowen Born has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.2 going into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 71.0 points per contest. Against Valparaiso, the Panthers’ defense gave up 67 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Valparaiso only made 5 free-throws.