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Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds 2/26/2020 Game Analysis, Odds and Picks

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Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds 2-26-2020 Game Analysis Odds and Picks

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds 2/26/2020 – The Bradley Braves face the Illinois State Redbirds Wednesday with the former needing the win more. The Braves are jockeying for positioning in the MVC tournament and NCAAB lines tip them to succeed. Though they have fared poorly this season, expect the Redbirds to give the Braves a tough fight. The last time these two teams met, the Braves won 75-63, their fourth straight win over the Redbirds.

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds 2/26/2020

When: Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois
TV: CBS Sports Network
Stream: Sofascore

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds 2/26/2020

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Bradley Braves -3 (-110) 136.5 o (-110)
Illinois State Redbirds +3 (-110) 136.5 u (-110)
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Bradley Braves

Winning is a must for Bradley Braves if they want to improve on their current position. Though they saw their four-game winning streak foiled by Valparaiso, bouncing back and starting a new one is doable. Out to help make that happen is Elijah Childs and Nate Kennell two players who performed well in their previous loss. Stepping up on defense should help as well. Bradley has allowed 101.8 points per 100 possessions in conference play, something they must do against Illinois State.

Players to watch: D. Brown G (27 GP 34.1 MIN 14.6 PTS 2.6 REB 4.4 AST 0.7 STL 0 BLK 2.4 TO 34.3 FG% 79.2 FT% 32.3 3PT%), N. Kennell G (29 GP 32.8 MIN 12.4 PTS 4.5 REB 2.1 AST 1.2 STL 0.2 BLK 0.9 TO 42.1 FG% 76.2 FT% 44.1 3PT%), J. Henry F (28 GP 24.3 MIN 9.8 PTS 6 REB 0.8 AST 0.6 STL 0.5 BLK 1.6 TO 51.3 FG% 74.4 FT% 33.3 3PT%).

Illinois State Redbirds

The Redbirds will look to finish strong, backed with high morale following their recent win. Defeating the Braves may be nothing more than bragging rights with the season apparently lost. Keith Fisher and Antonio Reeves are expected to star on offense, an area that needs improvement. The same holds true on defense. The Redbirds are allowing opponents 103.6 per 100 possessions in conference play. This is something they cannot give to the Braves who boast of a potent offensive game. 

Players to watch: Z. Copeland G (28 GP 29.7 MIN 14.8 PTS 2.9 REB 2.6 AST 1.1 STL 0 BLK 3.2 TO 41.7 FG% 77 FT% 40.1 3PT%), K. Fisher III F (28 GP 23.9 MIN 9 PTS 5.8 REB 0.9 AST 0.7 STL 0.2 BLK 2.2 TO 45.8 FG% 61.6 FT% 35.7 3PT%), D. Horne G (28 GP 23.6 MIN 8.3 PTS 2.9 REB 1.3 AST 0.7 STL 0 BLK 1.4 TO 45.1 FG% 66.7 FT% 42.7 3PT%).

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds Betting Predictions

Trends

Bradley Braves

Bradley is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Braves are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Bradley is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Illinois State.
Braves are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Illinois State.
Bradley is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois State is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games.
Redbirds are 3-12 SU in their last 15 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Illinois State’s last 18 games against Bradley.
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Illinois State’s last 20 games at home.
Illinois State is 11-1 SU in their last 12 games when playing at home against Bradley.

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds Betting Picks

There is no question that this game means more to the Braves. Winning is important to boost their positioning, a reason why Vegas basketball odds see this team coming out on top. The Redbirds will not make it easy for them with Illinois State playing more for pride to end its campaign.

Moneyline:

ATS: Look for the spread of -3 for Bradley and +3 for Illinois State

Totals: Over 136.5 is out for the Braves and under 136.5 is out for the Redbirds.

Score Prediction: 71-66, Bradley Braves.