I guess it was just a combination of paranoia, preference, and anticipation of adding additional code within the if condition that led me to code this way.
I've had a change of heart. This morning. At 10:12 am to be precise. Suddenly, it just started to annoy the crap out of me. I realize I have to pay a little extra attention to detail by omitting the brackets, but I suddenly like the 'no-bracket' style better.