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Bears open as college hoops underdog vs Braves

Missouri State BearsBradley Braves
Jan 19, 2:00 PM | Carver Arena

Missouri State Bears vs Bradley Braves Odds

5-13TEAM RECORD11-7

Missouri State pays a visit to Bradley on Saturday, hoping to send the Braves to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Carver Arena.

The Bears will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 6-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Braves are 8-7-1 ATS. Missouri State is 5-5 against the total, while Bradley is 6-6 versus the number.

View Missouri State vs Bradley Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Braves rated this week at No. 176 and the Bears sitting at No. 227. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 68-60 result in favor of the Braves.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Bradley's No. 170-ranked scoring average of 68.1 PPG, against a Bears defense rated No. 109 and allowing 63.3 PPG. The Braves FG% has averaged 43.9% to date this season, more than the Bears shooters have managed so far (40.1% per game).

Defensively, Missouri State features the nation's No. 82-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.9 points per game. Bradley, meanwhile, comes in at No. 188 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Missouri State, they were a 68-60 loser as they battled Indiana State on the road. They covered in the match as a 10-point underdog. The Bears got 18 points from Gavin Thurman, but it was Indiana State that prevailed in a 68-60 final on Wednesday at Hulman Center.

Bradley won its last outing, a 69-66 result against Southern Illinois on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite. The Braves grabbed a 69-66 win over the Salukis on Tuesday, behind an 18 -point effort from Dyricus Simms-Edwards at Carver Arena.

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wichita State are 6-4
After playing Indiana State are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Evansville are 5-5
After playing Southern Illinois are 2-8
After a win are 6-4

A few Bears at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Missouri State's last 8 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Missouri State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Missouri State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Missouri State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Bradley is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Bradley's last 8 games when playing at home against Missouri State
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Bradley's last 16 games when playing Missouri State
Bradley is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Missouri State

Next up:
Missouri State home to Wichita State, Wednesday, January 23
Bradley at Evansville, Wednesday, January 23