Bradley Braves vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds
The Illinois-Chicago Flames will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Bradley Braves at UIC Pavilion in NCAA basketball action.
The Flames are 15-12 so far on the season, and 15-11 ATS vs. the number. The Braves, meanwhile, are 15-13 and 12-12-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois-Chicago go 10-11-1 and the Braves go 12-10 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Illinois-Chicago in this one found them as 1-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 270-rated Bradley taking on the No. 139-rated Flames in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 65-64 win for the Braves on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Braves is ranked No. 265 in NCAA hoops at 32.6 per game. Contrast that with Illinois-Chicago’s No. 237 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois-Chicago is the No. 144-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while Bradley rates No. 268 at 5.2 per game.
Defensively, Bradley features the nation's No. 244-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.2 points per game. Illinois-Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 286 nationally in scoring at home.
Bradley lost its last outing, a 92-84 result against Drake on February 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Will Egolf scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Braves to a win (they lost 92-84 to Drake at Knapp Center on Wednesday).
Illinois-Chicago was a 64-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Gary Talton scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Flames to a win (they lost 64-53 to Wisc-Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Arena on Wednesday).
Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Creighton are 4-6
After playing Drake are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Wright State are 5-5
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Braves at Flames trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bradley's last 5 games on the road
Bradley is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Bradley home to Creighton, Wednesday, February 27
Illinois-Chicago home to Wright State, Tuesday, February 26