The Salukis and Braves are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Braves will host the game at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL. The odds for this Missouri Valley conference game currently have Bradley as the -8 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 135 points.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS VS BRADLEY BRAVES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southern Illinois Salukis +8

This game will be played at Carver Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 28th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Braves.
  • Even though we have Bradley winning straight-up, we like Southern Illinois at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Salukis Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Heading into tonight’s game, Southern Illinois is an underdog with a record of 3-8 in 11 games as the underdog this season. They are coming off a 65-53 win over Evansville, and they have won three straight games. On the road, the Salukis are 6-5 this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games away from home.

Overall, Southern Illinois is 19-10 this season, and they have gone 11-7 in Missouri Valley Conference games. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is +0.7 points per game compared to +8.0 points per game at home.

As the underdog this season, Southern Illinois has an ATS record of 7-4. On the road, the Salukis have an ATS mark of 8-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Southern Illinois has gone 7-3 vs. the spread. In their last 10 road games, the Salukis are 7-3 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Southern Illinois games is 17-11. Today’s over/under line of 135 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (136.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, which is lower than today’s over/under line of 135.

The Southern Illinois offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 65 points versus Evansville. During the game, they attempted 28 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 41.2%. The team’s scoring leader is Xavier Johnson, who holds an average of 22.4 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Trent Brown is averaging 9.2 points per game this season.

The Salukis’ defense is presently ranked 47th nationally, allowing an average of 66.6 points per contest. Southern Illinois’ three-point defense is currently 9th in the country at 4.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.5% of their shots vs. Southern Illinois.

Can the Braves Pull Off a Home Win?

Bradley has a 20-9 record on the season and has won their last two games. They are 12-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play and 8-3 in non-conference games. At home, the Braves are 11-3 this year.

Overall, Bradley has been favored in 24 of their 29 games, going 18-6 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin at home is +10.8 points per game, and they have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games at home.

Bradley has an ATS record of 14-12-2 this season. At home, they are 7-6-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Braves have gone 4-6 ATS.

Bradley’s over/under record for the season is 17-11 and today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (140.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 125 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.

In contrast to their season average of 74.8 points per game, the Bradley had a below average performance. They scored 48 points against Illinois State and had a field goal percentage of 29.6%. Duke Deen is leading the team in scoring at 14.3 points per contest. Malevy Leons has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.9 going into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Bradley defense is giving up an average of 67.3 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.9 threes per game vs. Southern Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.5%.