The No. 2 seed Drake Bulldogs (26-7, 15-5 MVC) and the No. 1 Bradley Braves (25-8, 16-4 MVC) will play to determine the MVC conference champion on Sunday at 2:00 PM.
The Bulldogs play the Braves in a game that Drake is currently a slight favorite by 2 points. A 130-point total is set for the game.
Drake vs. Bradley Odds
Point Spread for Drake vs. Bradley
The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with bookmakers listing Drake as the favorite.
Drake vs. Bradley Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Drake has -130 odds to pick up the win, while Bradley is listed at +110 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 130 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
- Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: CBS
- Location: St. Louis, Missouri
- Arena: Enterprise Center
Drake vs. Bradley Betting Trends
Against the spread, Drake is 15-16-1 this year. The Bulldogs have won in 23, or 85.2%, of the 27 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Drake’s games this year have hit the over 46.9% of the time (15 out of 32 games with a set point total).
Bradley is 19-13-0 against the spread this season. The Braves have been the underdog on the moneyline seven total times this season. They’ve finished 2-5 in those games. Bradley’s games this season have gone over the total in 16 of 32 opportunities (50%).
Drake vs. Bradley Key Players to Watch
Tucker DeVries posts 18.9 points and 1.8 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 5.6 rebounds, shooting 45.3% from the floor and 38.4% from downtown with 2.6 made 3-pointers per contest. Roman Penn posts a team-high 5.4 assists per contest. He is also averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, shooting 50.3% from the floor. Garrett Sturtz is posting 9.4 points, 1.1 assists and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
Darnell Brodie leads the Bulldogs at 7.2 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.1 assists and 8.7 points.
Malevy Leons gives the Braves 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He also puts up 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots. Rienk Mast is the Braves’ top scorer (14.1 points per game) and rebounder (7.9), and delivers 2.6 assists. Duke Deen is averaging a team-best 2.9 assists per game. And he is producing 9.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, making 37.3% of his shots from the floor and 36% from 3-point range, with 2 triples per game. Connor Hickman is putting up 8.8 points, 3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, making 40.2% of his shots from the field and 34.8% from 3-point range, with 1.5 treys per contest.
What you need to know about the Drake Bulldogs
Drake has covered 11 times in 22 matchups with a spread in conference action this season. This year, the Bulldogs are averaging 75.3 points per game (98th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 64.3 points per contest (34th-ranked). Drake is pulling down 33.5 boards per game (77th-ranked in college basketball). It is giving up 29.8 rebounds per contest (98th-ranked).
Drake is sinking 8 three-pointers per game (108th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 36.9% shooting percentage (46th-ranked) from three-point land. The Bulldogs are 115th in the nation with 6.7 threes allowed per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they rank 32nd with a 30.7% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Bulldogs are 7-3 against the spread and 9-1 overall in their past 10 contests. Drake has hit the over in five of its last 10 contests. Drake’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, scoring 78.1 points per contest compared to the 75.3 it has averaged this year. Drake’s defense has been more porous lately, as the team has allowed 65.8 points per game over its last 10 compared to the 64.3 points per game its opponents average this season.
What you need to know about the Bradley Braves
Bradley’s conference games have gone over the point total 12 out of 22 times this year. The Braves are 185th in the country in points scored (71.5 per game) and 13th-best in points conceded (61.7). On the boards, Bradley is 92nd in college basketball in rebounds (33.3 per game). It is 61st in rebounds allowed (29.1 per game).
At 8.1 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 36.2% from downtown, Bradley is 96th and 70th in the country, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Braves are 83rd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (6.5 per game) and 46th in defensive 3-point percentage (31.3%).
The Braves are 8-2 against the spread and 10-0 overall in their last 10 contests. Bradley has hit the over in five of its last 10 games. Over its previous 10 games, Bradley is averaging 70.7 points per contest, 0.8 fewer points than its season average (71.5). Over their past 10 games, the Braves are allowing 59.5 points per game, compared to their season average of 61.7 points allowed.
Drake vs. Bradley Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Drake, and we project that Bradley will cover the spread (Drake -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 130 points.
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