Illinois State at Bradley: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Illinois State at Bradley: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Braves (11-13) vs Illinois State Redbirds (6-15)

Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Carver Arena)

Betting Odds: Bradley Braves -5.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to Carver Arena to take on the Bradley Braves this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Illinois State Redbirds dropped to 6-15 on the season after being defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis, 59-49, this past Sunday. Illinois State had no answers on the offensive end against the Southern Illinois defense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 34-24 margin. Illinois State shot just 39.6% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc while Southern Illinois shot 42.9% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc. Illinois State outrebounded Southern Illinois by a 34-31 margin, however, the Redbirds lost the turnover battle by a 16-14 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Antonio Reeves who had 10 poitns, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal.

On the season, Illinois State is averaging 71. Ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Redbirds are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Illinois State has been led by DJ Horne (14.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Antonio Reeves (12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), Josiah Strong (11.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), & Dusan Mahorcic (8.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.1 apg).

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Defensively, Illinois State is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Redbirds have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Bradley Braves lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-13 on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 72-57, this past Sunday. Bradley struggled defensively for the 2nd straight game against Missouri State and could not fight back after the Bears took a 61-45 lead with 8:07 left in regulation. Bradley shot 40.4% from the field and 32.0% from beyond the arc while Missouri State shot 48.3% from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc. Bradley was outrebounded by Missouri State by a 36-26 margin and committed 10 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Rienk Mast who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 block.

On the season, Bradley is averaging 69.8 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Braves are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bradley has been led by Elijah Childs (14.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 bpg), Terry Nolan Jr. (11.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Ville Tahvanainen (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Sean East II (8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Braves have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.0.

The Redbirds are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 8-21 ATS in their last 29 road games. The Braves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games, however, are jus t1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Illinois State has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled defensively this season as the Redbirds come into this game ranked just 269th in scoring defense, 230th in defensive FG%, & 272nd in turnover margin. Bradley has also struggled as of late, however, this is a team that has played well at home this season and as the Braves defense rank 54th in scoring defense & 38th in defensive FG%, I think Bradley does enough to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Bradley Braves -5.5

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