Planning on watching today’s Braves and Beacons game? Catch the action at Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, IN, as the Beacons hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Braves come into this Missouri Valley conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 135.5 points.

BRADLEY BRAVES VS VALPARAISO BEACONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Valparaiso Beacons +10.5

This game will be played at Athletics-Recreation Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE VALPARAISO BEACONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Beacons.
  • Not only will Valparaiso pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Braves Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?

As they prepare to play their 14th game of the season, Bradley has a record of 8-5. In their last ten road games, including those from last year, Bradley has a record of 6-4. At the moment, Bradley is surpassing the .500 mark versus the spread, sitting at 6-4-2 ATS. In their last five games, the team’s ATS record is 1-2-1.

Up to this point, games involving Bradley have had an average of 142.6 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 139.2 points. Their over/under record is 9-3-0. Over the course of the last five games, the Braves’ games have averaged 130 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-2.

The Braves’ offense wrapped up their last game with 75 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 71.8 points per contest. Duke Deen led the team in scoring, putting up 27 points. Additionally, Christian Davis contributed 14 points for the Braves.

So far, the Braves’ defense is ranked 98th in the country at 68.7 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Bradley defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as SIUE knocked down 12 three-pointers on their way to 64 points.

Can Valparaiso Pull Off a Home Win?

In their most recent game, Valparaiso fell to Elon by a score of 82-78. Currently, the team has a 4-9 record. They have struggled on the road, going 0-5, but have fared better at home, going 3-4. Valparaiso enters with an ATS record of 6-5-1, which is above .500. However, in their last ten games this season, Valparaiso is 1-3-1 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Valparaiso have had an average of 136.8 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 144.9 points. Their over/under record is 3-9-0. The Beacons have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 141 points per game.

Valparaiso finished with 78 points in their game against Elon. This total surpasses their season-average of 67.6 points per game. Leading the team in scoring was Jahari Williamson with 24 points. Cooper Schwieger also added 21 points for the Beacons.

At present, the Beacons’ defense is nationally ranked 136th, allowing 71.1 points per game. Valparaiso’s three-point defense is currently 88th in the country at 6.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.2% of their shots vs. Valparaiso.