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Valparaiso at Bradley 1/29/20 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Game Details

Game Bradley Braves vs Valparaiso Crusaders
Date & Time Wednesday January 29, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Carver Arena Peoria, IL
Latest odds
BRAD -6.5 O/U 142
TV Channel
ESPN+

The Valparaiso Crusaders are set to visit Carver Arena in Peoria, Illinois for a Missouri Valley Conference clash against the Bradley Braves. The Valparaiso Crusaders come into this matchup with an 11-10 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Evansville Purple Aces, 67-65. Leading the way for the Valparaiso Crusaders was junior forward Mileek McMillian as he recorded 16 points. Sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty had a productive outing for the Crusaders as he pitched in 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Valparaiso Crusaders had a solid shooting game against the Evansville Purple Aces as they connected on 22 of their 51 field goal attempts (43.1%), but they were slightly worse from behind the three-point line (26.1%). The Valparaiso Crusaders won the turnover battle against the Evansville Purple Aces (12-8), but they were edged out by the Purple Aces in the rebounding department (36-31).

The Bradley Braves come into this matchup with a 14-7 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the Indiana State Sycamores, 61-53. Leading the way for the Bradley Braves was sophomore forward Ari Boya as he recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Junior guard Danya Kingsby had a productive outing for the Braves as he pitched in 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

The Bradley Braves had a good shooting game against the Indiana State Sycamores as they connected on 21 of their 45 field goal attempts (46.7%), and they were good from behind the three-point line (46.2%). The Bradley Braves lost the turnover battle against the Indiana State Sycamores (15-9), and they were edged out by the Sycamores in the rebounding department (34-30).

Recent Betting Trends

  1. Crusaders are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win.
  2. Over is 10-4 in Crusaders last 14 road games.
  3. Braves are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
  4. Under is 9-3 in Braves last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Pick:
Bradley Braves -6.5

The Bradley Braves are stuck in a competitive Missouri Valley Conference race as they are only 1 game out of 1st place, and they should be able to maintain their spot in the standings as they are 11-1 at home this season. The Braves have been one of the top-scoring teams in the conference as they are averaging 71.6 PPG, and they have shown a good amount of scoring depth in 8 MVC games as 5 different guys are averaging at least 10 PPG. The Valparaiso Crusaders might have the best player on the court with Javon Freeman-Liberty as he is averaging 20.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG, but he is the only Crusader who is averaging at least 10 PPG. The Braves will have too much scoring for the Crusaders at home as Freeman-Liberty won’t be able to do enough here. Final Score Prediction, Bradley Braves win and cover ATS 74-66.

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