Betting on today’s Racers and Braves game? Catch the action at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL, as the Braves hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on CBSS. This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 140 points, and Bradley is favored to win by -8.5 at home vs. Murray State.

MURRAY STATE RACERS VS BRADLEY BRAVES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Murray State Racers +8.5

This game will be played at Carver Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.

WHY BET THE MURRAY STATE RACERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Braves.
  • Even though we have Bradley winning straight-up, we like Murray State at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Racers Win on the Road?

Even though Murray State is 8-11 overall, they have gone 5-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play. So far, they have gone 3-5 on the road, and their average scoring margin is +4.1 points per game away from home. They have won three straight games on the road.

As the underdog, the Racers have gone 4-6 this season, and they have been the underdog in 10 of their 19 games. In their last game, they lost to Indiana State by a score of 72-63. So far, Murray State’s record as the underdog is 3-5.

As the underdog this season, Murray State has gone 6-4 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-3 and over their last 10 road games, they are 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last three road contests, the Racers are 3-0 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Murray State games is 8-10, and the average scoring total in their games is 141.3 points. Today’s over/under line of 140 is lower than the average OU line in their games (143.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points, and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3. On the year, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

The Murray State offense is coming off a game where they scored 63 points against Indiana State. They posted a field goal percentage of 41% and connected on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Racers was Quincy Anderson with 21 points, while Nick Ellington also added 17 to the scoreboard.

At this time, the Racers’ defense is positioned 104th in the country, permitting 69.7 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.9 threes per game vs. Bradley. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 35.7%.

Pressure Builds for Bradley as Home Favorites

Bradley enters today’s game with a record of 14-5 and is currently riding a seven-game winning streak. They have been especially strong at home this season, going 7-2, and they have won their last four games at home.

On the year, the Braves have been favored in 15 of their 19 games, and they have gone 12-3 in those contests. Bradley’s average scoring margin at home this season is +13.2 points per game compared to +3.2 points per game on the road.

Bradley has been a solid bet this season, going 11-5-2 against the spread. Their home ATS record is 6-2-1, and they have gone 3-0 ATS in their last three home games. As the favorite, the Braves have gone 9-4-2 vs. the spread this year and 5-4-1 in their last 10 games as the favorite.

On the season, the over/under record for Bradley games is 13-5. So far, the average point total in their games sits at 143.4, while the average over/under line is at 139.4. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is at 146 points.

In their latest game, Bradley’s offense looked good, scoring 95 points against Belmont. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 61% and made 5/6 free throws. The top scorer for the Braves was Duke Deen with 25 points, while Malevy Leons also chipped in with 17 points.

The Braves’ defense is presently ranked 55th nationally, allowing an average of 66.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Bradley’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.5% this season.