Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cougars versus the Braves? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Braves as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136 points.

SIUE COUGARS VS BRADLEY BRAVES BETTING PICK

The Pick: SIUE Cougars +11

This game will be played at Carver Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE SIUE COUGARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Braves.
  • Even though we have Bradley winning straight-up, we like SIUE at +11.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for SIUE?

The game between SIUE and Bradley is scheduled for today. The Cougars have a 7-5 record coming into this game. When playing on the road, SIUE has yet to win a game, going 0-5. However, they have a perfect 3-0 record when playing at home. As of today’s game, SIUE has a 5-3 record against the spread for the season. In their previous five games, they are 1-2 vs. the spread.

In 12 games, SIUE comes in with an over/under mark of 3-5-0, with their games averaging 136.9 points per game. Looking at the Cougars’ last three games, their over/under record is 2-0 with their games averaging 151 points per game.

The SIUE offense is coming off a game in which they scored 71 points vs. Ball State. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.1% while connecting on 7 threes. Shamar Wright is leading the team in scoring at 16 points per contest. Ray’Sean Taylor has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.8 going into the game.

So far, the Cougars’ defense is ranked 101st in the country at 67.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, SIUE’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.2% this season.

Does Bradley Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

This will be Bradley’s 12th game of the season, and they currently have a 6-5 record. They are 3-3 on the road and 3-1 at home. Bradley is currently performing well against the spread, sitting above .500 with a 6-3-1 ATS record. In road games, the Braves are 3-2-1 vs. the spread, while at home they are 3-1 ATS.

Through 11 games, Bradley has an over/under record of 7-3-0 with their games averaging a combined 142.7 points per game so far. The Braves’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 132 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Bradley offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Duquesne. Their field goal percentage for the game was 48.1%, and they made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Braves was Duke Deen with 15 points, while Darius Hannah also chipped in with 14 points.

On the defensive side, Bradley is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.8 points per game. So far, the Bradley defense is giving up an average of 10.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.6 times per game (520th).