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Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs 01/16/2020 Previews, Predictions and Picks
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Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs 01/16/2020 –The Illinois State Redbirds are on a downward spiral recently as they lost three-straight games. They have another challenge ahead in their schedule when they travel Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa to battle with the Drake Bulldogs. This match will be aired by ESPN+ on television with the live stream available at SofaScore on Thursday, January 16 at 8 pm Eastern Time. According to How To Bet On Basketball Games, the Bulldogs own the upper hand since they are 9-1 at home. They are coming off a loss and hope to get back to their winning form. Meanwhile, the Redbirds are expected to slip deeper into a four-game losing streak.
Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs 01/16/2020
Illinois State Redbirds
Life has been tough for Illinois State Redbirds recently since they were trying to stay afloat after a roller coaster ride in December. They start the new year with a three-game losing streak with their last loss against the Indiana State Sycamores which they lost by 13 points. The team’s lone player to reach double-figure scoring was DJ Horne, who is not even the top-three scorers for the team. He had 18 points and sank four triples against the Sycamores.
Zach Copeland had a tough night shooting just 30% from the field and finished with 8 points but turned the ball over six times. Kieth Fisher only played 15 minutes and Dedcric Boyd saw only 14 minutes in the game. Against the Bulldogs, they need to get more from Copeland, Fisher and Boyd but on the bright side, Horne was a revelation and the silver lining.
Players to watch: Z. Copeland G (16 GP 28.1 MIN 14.3 PTS 2.7 REB 2.1 AST 1.3 STL 0 BLK 3.1 TO 41.6 FG% 74.1 FT% 36.6 3P%), K. Fisher III F (16 GP 21.2 MIN 7.5 PTS 5.3 REB 0.6 AST 0.6 STL 0.3 BLK 2.3 TO 45.7 FG% 51.1 FT% 0 3P%), D. Boyd G (16 GP 16.4 MIN 7.3 PTS 0.7 REB 0.9 AST 0.3 STL 0.1 BLK 0.8 TO 37.2 FG% 64.3 FT% 36.7 3P%).
The Bulldogs are coming off from a tough loss against the Valparaiso Crusaders by five points, 61-66. Roman Penn was the best scorer that night with 21 points along with eight rebounds, seven assists but he had five turnovers. Bulldogs leading scorer, Liam Robbins stepped back for Penn as he chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks while Garrett Sturtz had 12 points, six rebounds while shooting six-of-seven from the field. Those three needed help but none game as Jonah Jackson laid a goose egg after 27 minutes and DJ Wilkins had only seven points on 33% shooting. They are hungry to get back to their winning form and they will seek to maximize the homecourt advantage.
Players to watch: L. Robbins F (17 GP 24.4 MIN 13.1 PTS 5.8 REB 0.6 AST 0.8 STL 2.7 BLK 1.8 TO 53 FG% 64.3 FT% 33.3 3P%), R. Penn G (17 GP 29.4 MIN 12.1 PTS 4.6 REB 6 AST 1.5 STL 0 BLK 2.5 TO 51.7 FG% 76.9 FT% 43.3 3P%), A. Murphy G 17 GP (26.9 MIN 9.9 PTS 4.8 REB 1.7 AST 0.5 STL 0.4 BLK 1.6 TO 46.2 FG% 78.9 FT% 33.3 3P%).
Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs Betting Predictions
Illinois State Redbirds
Illinois State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Drake’s last 15 games.
Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs Betting Picks
Drake is considered the favorites to win this game according to Betting On College Basketball and playing in their own court helps increase their odds. Drake’s hiccup won’t get them twice as Penn, Robbins and Murphy will be too much for the Redbirds.
Moneyline: The ML given to the Redbirds are at +299 while the Bulldogs are handed a -341 if they win at home.
ATS: This game between the Redbirds and Bulldogs is separated by six points across the spread with Illinois State at +6.5 and Drake is at -6.5.
TOTALS: The Bulldogs and Redbirds are expected to reach 139.5 on the total. It should be the Redbirds the team going over while the Bulldogs are under.
Score Prediction: 74-67, Bulldogs win.