The No. 2-seed Drake Bulldogs (26-7) and No. 1 Bradley Braves (25-8) meet Sunday in the title game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Tip-off from the Enterprise Center in St. Louis is slated for 2 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Drake vs. Bradley odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Drake advanced to Sunday’s final after a 65-52 win over Southern Illinois Saturday. The Bulldogs went 15-5 in the MVC regular season and split 2 games with these Braves. The 2nd meeting on Feb. 26 marks Drake’s only loss since Jan. 21.
Bradley nipped 5th-seeded Indiana State 71-70 in a Saturday semifinal in St. Louis. The MVC’s regular-season champ (16-4) has not lost since Jan. 21. A win Sunday would mark the Braves’ 13th in a row and give BU a sweep of MVC titles for the first time since 1987-88.
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Drake vs. Bradley odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:53 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline: Drake -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Bradley -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Drake -1.5 (-125) | Bradley +1.5 (+105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 130.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Drake vs. Bradley picks and predictions
Drake 71, Bradley 67
Drake takes better care of the ball and has a deeper rotation. Both factors figure to loom large as a busy weekend comes to a close in St. Louis.
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The favorite is 8-2 ATS over the last 10 games of this series. The Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The moneyline is a better value, but if you want a little insureance back the BULLDOGS +1.5 (-125).
Both teams have played schedules heavier of defense than offense. Both can hits 3s, and this figures to be a taut battle down to the wire with both sides landing blows. A total closer to 140 seems likely.
TAKE THE OVER 130.5 (-115).
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