Illinois State vs Bradley Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

Bradley (19-9) vs Illinois State (14-14)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)

Betting Odds: Bradley -12.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois State Redbirds will play the Bradley Braves in a MVC game on Saturday night at Carver Arena in Peoria, Illinois, Illinois State has won three games in a row, while Bradley has won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Illinois State vs Bradley prediction.

Illinois State Preview

The Illinois State Redbirds are 14-14 (8-9) this season after they defeated UNI by a score of 81-73 in their last game. Illinois State led 37-34 at the half and they added 44 second half points for the win. The Redbirds shot 52.9% from the field and were +9 in rebounding margin in the game. Illinois State defeated Evansville by a score of 86-79 and Indiana State by a score of 80-67 in the two games prior to UNI. The Redbirds are scoring 67.3 points per game with 34.9 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game, while allowing 68.2 points against per game this year. Myles Foster is averaging 12.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Illinois State is shooting 42.6% from the field, 70.8% on free throws, and 29.6% on three pointers this season.

Bradley Preview

The Bradley Braves are 19-9 (11-6) this year after they defeated Missouri State by a score of 86-62 in their last game. Bradley led 33-27 at halftime and scored 53 points in the second half for the win. The Braves shot 53.2% from the field and made 16 three pointers in the game. Bradley lost to UNI by a score of 74-63 in the game prior to Missouri State, but they did beat UIC before that. The Braves are scoring 75.7 points per game with 34.6 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game, while giving up 68.1 points against per game this season. Connor Hickman is averaging 14.6 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. Bradley is shooting 47.8% from the field, 71.7% on free throws, and 37.4% on three pointers this year. 

Illinois State vs Bradley Betting Prediction

Bradley comes into this matchup after winning two of their last three games and they are currently third in the conference standings. The Braves have not played their best over the last few weeks, as they have lost four of their last eight games, but they will be at home for this game. Illinois State is 8-9 in conference play, but they are on a three game winning streak, which includes a win over Indiana State. These two teams are pretty similar when it comes to defense, but Illinois State is only shooting 42.6% from the field this season. Bradley beat Illinois State by a score of 73-60 in their first meeting, but I have a feeling that this game is going to be closer. Take the Redbirds here. 

David’s Pick Illinois State +12.5

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