Drake vs Bradley Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/5/23
Bradley Braves (25-8) vs Drake Bulldogs (25-7)
Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
Betting Odds: Bradley Braves +1 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Bradley Braves will play the Drake Bulldogs in the Finals of the MVC Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Bradley Braves are 25-8 (16-4) this season after they defeated Indiana State by a score of 71-70 in their last game. Bradley shot 45.9% from the field, but only 20.8% on three pointers in the win. The Bradley Braves are averaging 71.5 points per game, 61.5 points against per game, 35.6 rebounds per game, and 13.6 assists per game. Rienk Mast has led the Braves this season with 14.6 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game. Bradley is shooting 46.6% from the field, 66.4% on free throws, and 36.7% on three pointers this year.
The Drake Bulldogs are 26-7 (15-5) this season after they defeated Southern Illinois by a score of 65-52 in their last game. Drake shot 47.1% from the field and was +3 in rebounding margin in the win. The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 75.6 points per game, 64.7 points against per game, 35.8 rebounds per game, and 13.8 assists per game. Tucker DeVries has led the Bulldogs this season with 19.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game. Drake is shooting 46.8% from the field, 77.5% on free throws, and 36.8% on three pointers this year.
Drake is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-0 in Drake’s last 5 games. Bradley is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games. The over is 12-5 in Bradley’s last 17 games. The favorite is 8-2 ATS in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings.
These two teams finished first and second in the MVC standings this season, with Bradley winning the regular season title by one game. These two teams split the first two meetings of the season and will now have a chance to get the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bradley is only allowing 61.5 points against per game this year and hasn’t allowed more than 66 points in their last five of their last six games. Drake is the slightly better offensive team and they were able to cruise to a victory on Saturday. Bradley was lucky to get past Indiana State in their last game and I think the mental and physical toll of that game will give the edge to Drake here.