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#695 Drake -1.5 vs.
#696 Illinois State 139
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 4:30pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Drake Bulldogs vs Illinois State Redbirds

Where: Redbird Arena, Normal, IL

When: Saturday, February 22, 4:30 PM. ET.

The Illinois State Redbirds will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

Bulldogs Going For Third Consecutive Win

The Bulldogs are playing well at the moment and will enter this game on a two-game winning streak. They will be trying to pick up their third win in a row and fourth win in their last six games when they play the Redbirds on Saturday.

Drake is currently fifth in the MVC standings, three games behind Northern Iowa. With only three games left in the regular season, they will need to win out and hope the Panthers lose one of their remaining games to win the conference title.

The Bulldogs are averaging 70.9 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 77 points in their last game and will need a similar performance on Saturday if they want to get the win.

Liam Robbins led the way for the Bulldogs with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks. Roman Penn finished with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, while Garrett Sturtz added 15 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Drake has played well defensively, giving up 68.4 points per game. They gave up 75 points in their last game and will need a better effort to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Redbirds Going For Third Win In Eight Games

The Redbirds haven’t played well this season and come into this game on a three-game losing streak. They will be trying to snap their losing streak with a win over the Bulldogs, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

Illinois State has struggled offensively, averaging 66.1 points per game. The team is shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 69 points in their last game and will need a better performance if they want to get the win.

Zach Copeland led the way for the Redbirds with 16 points and five assists. DJ Horne finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while Antonio Reeves added 12 points for the Redbirds.

Illinois State has been inconsistent defensively, giving up 70.7 points per game. They gave up 84 points in their last game and will need a much better defensive effort to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Bulldogs have played well defensively, giving up 68.4 points per game. They have struggled on the road, giving up 71.5 points per game and will have a hard time slowing down the Redbirds, who are averaging 67.3 points per game at home. The Redbirds have done well defensively, especially at home where they are holding opponents to 64.6 points per game. With the Bulldogs averaging 63.2 points per game, the Redbirds shouldn’t have any trouble keeping their offense in check. The Bulldogs have been careless on the road, averaging 13.8 turnovers per game. They will give the Redbirds more scoring opportunities if they do not take better care of the ball because opponents are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game against the Redbirds on the road. With the Redbirds winning 12 of the last 15 meetings between the two teams, Illinois State is the best bet.

Prediction: Illinois State Redbirds

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Redbirds have struggled offensively, even at home where they are averaging 67.3 points per game. With the Bulldogs giving up 71.5 points per game on the road, Illinois State will go over their season average in this game. The Bulldogs have also struggled offensively, averaging 63.2 points per game on the road. They will have difficulty scoring against the Redbirds, who are giving up 64.6 points per game at home, which will keep the score under the total. The Bulldogs and Redbirds have played under the total in eight of their last 13 meetings.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Redbirds will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Bulldogs in the first half of their last three games, averaging 38 points per game while the Bulldogs average 34.7 points per game.

Prediction: Illinois State Redbirds

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The Bulldogs and Redbirds are averaging 72.7 combined points per game the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.