Illinois State Redbirds at Drake Bulldogs Free Pick 01/16/20


The Illinois State Redbirds (6-10, 1-3 MVC) look to snap their seven-game road losing streak when they go head-to-head with the Drake Bulldogs (12-5, 2-2 MVC), who will try to lengthen their 10-game home winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Illinois State Redbirds vs. Drake Bulldogs Odds Preview

In the Redbirds’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Indiana State Sycamores, 65-52. DJ Horne had a solid performance for Illinois State, leading both teams in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Indiana State held the Redbirds to an effective field goal percentage of 0.371 (below their season average of 0.505). Illinois State, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.155 vs. 0.119).

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The Bulldogs are trying to rebound after their 66-61 loss to the Valparaiso Crusaders in their last game. Roman Penn was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Valparaiso did an excellent job of making free throws (18-20; 90.0 percent). Drake, meanwhile, held the Crusaders to an effective field goal percentage of 0.421 (below their season average of 0.508).

Drake should have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs currently rank 49th in effective field goal percentage (0.536), while Illinois State ranks 225th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.499).

This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Redbirds won two out of three games last season. In the most recent game, Drake won 78-62. Drake made six of their 12 three pointers (50.0 percent). Illinois State was, meanwhile, 5-24 (20.8 percent).

Illinois State Redbirds at Drake Bulldogs ATS Prediction

Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Illinois State, ATS Winner – Illinois State, O/U – Over


Betting Notes:

Drake ranks 135th in three pointers attempted per game (22.2) while Illinois State ranks 146th in three pointers allowed per game (22.1).

Bettings Trends:

The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Drake has defeated opponents by an average of 5.1 points.

During their last five games, the Redbirds have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.6 points per game (5.9 above their season average).


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