Belmont vs Drake Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Drake (22-5) vs Belmont (16-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Knapp Center)

Betting Odds: Drake -9.5 - Over/Under: 156.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Belmont Bruins will travel to Des Moines to face the Drake Bulldogs in MVC play this Wednesday from the Knapp Center on ESPN+. The head-to-head series is tied at 2, and they enter as 9.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 156.5. Stay tuned for our Belmont vs Drake Prediction. 

Belmont Bruins Preview

Belmont improved to 16-11 after defeating UIC in Chicago, 75-60. The Bruins controlled the entire contest to put out the Flames, and they’ll look to tack on a fifth straight win here in Des Moines. Belmont is scoring 77.7 points per game, on 47.7% shooting, while allowing 78.5 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the MVC with a 7-7 record in league play.

Belmont’s Impact Players

  • Vandy transfer Malik Dia poured in a season-best 32 points in last month’s home win over Drake, and he leads Belmont in scoring (17.4), while grabbing 5.7 rpg.
  • Greenville native Ja’Kobi Gillespie led the way with 26 points in the win over SIU, and he’s up to 17.2 ppg and a team-leading 4.3 apg. 
  • Sophomore swingman Cade Tyson has grabbed seven boards or more in four straight games, and he’s now first on the Bruins in rebounding (5.7), while scoring 16.6 ppg. 

Drake Bulldogs Preview

Drake jumped to 22-5 after defeating Murray State at home, 95-72. The Bulldogs outlapped the Racers for 40 minutes, and they’ll look to avenge a January loss to the Bruins here at home. Drake is scoring 79.8 points per game, on 48.9% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg, and they’re currently 2nd in the MVC with a 7-2 record in league play.

Drake’s Impact Players

  • Junior swingman Tucker DeVries has hit the 22-point mark in five of the previous seven games, and he leads Drake in scoring (20.8) and assists (3.5), while grabbing 6.7 rpg. 
  • CSUN transfer Atin Wright came thru with a game-high 26 points in the road win over Evansville, and he’s second on the team at 14.1 ppg. 
  • Newark native Darnell Brodie has scored 18 points or more in three of his last six outings, and he leads the Bulldogs in rebounding (8.4), while scoring 11.9 ppg.  

Belmont vs Drake Trends

  • BEL is 12-14 against the spread, with a 11-15 O/U record
  • DRA is 13-13 ATS, with a 13-12-1 over/under record.

Belmont vs Drake Prediction

Belmont comes into this second leg with Drake streaking, and although they’re walking into Des Moines as marked men for a January blowout, they may find a way to keep things interesting on the road. The Bruins have three guys who are all capable of putting the ball in the basket, and if they come out with poise, they will have a shot to capitalize on the near double digit margin. We’ve recently seen a slew of games where the hosts make things ugly against a conference rival, so be fully aware of Drake’s revenge angle coming into this contest, but let’s put that to the test, and spot Belmont the points for this MVC battle.

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