Missouri State,Bradley,Missouri Valley
2/17/2009 8:05:00 PM
Bradley is 1-4 in their last five games, primarily due to a defense that has allowed opponents to hit more than half of their shots in this span. Take the points tonight.
While there is no denying that the Bradley Braves are having a much better season overall than the Missouri State Bears, Bradley has sputtered badly as of late and cannot be trusted laying this many points in their current form.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]After all, the Braves are 1-4 straight up in their last five games, and the lone win was by seven points vs. Evansville, a margin that would not be good enough to cover this spread. The problem has been a total breakdown on the defensive end, as Bradley is allowing their opponents to shoot a disgusting 50.2 percent from the field during this five-game stretch.
Missouri State is coming off of a 71-point effort in their last game, and they could be primed for another improved offensive showing tonight vs. this struggling defense. Sure, the Bears are just 1-9 on the road, but their last road effort was one of their best ones of the season in a covering, narrow 62-61 defeat at Wichita State.
Just as good defense stops good offense, bad defense can make mediocre offenses look good, and we feel that will be the case here as Missouri State scores enough points to slide below this rather large number.
Free Pick: Missouri State +7½ (-110)