Radford Highlanders (6-1) vs James Madison Dukes (6-4)Date : 12/04/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : GMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Radford Highlanders vs James Madison Dukes
The Radford Highlanders will travel to GMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Tuesday night to battle the James Madison Dukes at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Dukes have lost two of their last three outings after beginning the season on a high note due to a 67-42 road loss to the Old Dominion Monarchs in their last time out as they began the game on a cold note in only scoring 11 points in the first half en route to shooting a dismal 28% from the floor for the night while making only three of 14 three-point attempts.
Radford won their 3rd straight game as they defeated the Texas Longhorns by a 62 – 59 score on the road as neither team shot well from the field, yet the Highlanders got 11 points along with five rebounds from Ed polite Jr in the win while Travis Fields Jr along with Mawdo Sallah chipped in ten points in the win for Radford.
Radford Highlanders's Latest Performance :
Radford has not only been lighting things up from the offensive end in averaging close to 80 points per game for the season, but, they are beginning to pick up wins consistently as their last victory came at the expense of the Texas Longhorns on the road as they allowed Texas to shoot only 34% for the night while permitting them to nail only 5-27 3-point attempts for the night. Also, there was only one double figure scorer for the Longhorns in Jericho Sims, who ended the game with 16 points along with eight rebounds, while Dylan Osetkowski finished with nine points along with pulling down 17 rebounds for the Longhorns in the loss.
On the other hand, the Highlanders were led by Polite, Jr, as stated, as Radford only shot 38% from the field for the night yet capitalized on 12 turnovers for the Longhorns in the huge victory. Of course, this will certainly lead to even more confidence entering this games for Radford as they will be looking forward to the challenge of battling a James Madison team that has struggled recently, yet continues to remain a dangerous team due to their ability to maintain consistency on the defensive end.
James Madison Dukes's Latest Performance :
After beginning the season at 4-0, James Madison has now lost four of their last six games with their last loss being at the hands of the Monarchs of Old Dominion. As stated, the Dukes came out ice cold from the field as they went down at the half by 17 points. And while they attempted a rally in the second half, the Monarchs remained consistent on both ends of the floor en route to picking up a huge home victory. The only double-digit score for the Dukes in this matchup was Matt Lewis who finished the game with 15 points as The team shot 28% from the field for the night.
On the other hand, BJ’s Stith along with Ahmad Caver were the only two double-digit scores for Old Dominion with 28 and 25 points, respectively. Old Dominion also was allowed to shoot 45% from the field for the night while making eight of 21 3-point attempts, overall. James Madison will certainly be looking to right the ship in this matchup versus a solid Radford team. And while the Dukes continue to possess a solid defense, the offense for James Madison certainly needs to kick it into higher gear in which to pick up some wins going forward.
How Radford Highlanders & James Madison Dukes Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Radford is 4 – 1 ATS while the OU is 2 – 3 basketball.
James Madison is 2 – 6 ATS while the OU is 6 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting and exciting matchup versus a struggling squad in JMU looking to get back on track at home as they battle a red hot team in the Highlanders that are undefeated in their last three road games while going 3-0 against the spread during this time. As stated, Radford is averaging close to 80 points per game this season while also shooting a high percentage from the floor. On the other hand, while the Dukes possess a solid defensive unit, they continue to struggle on the offensive end as this is the primary reason as to their recent struggles. Nonetheless, both teams will be seeking to pick up a much-needed win in this contest in which to stop the bleeding, or, to maintain a stellar streak of basketball, altogether.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Radford Highlanders
My reason for the pick :
Of course, one can certainly expect James Madison to come out with a vengeance in this matchup as they have certainly not been able to get things together on the offensive end recently. And while the defense for the Dukes will certainly keep them in the game for much of this contest, look for Radford to remain resilient, as they have been all season, in picking up and all important victory on the road in the end versus a solid James Madison team on Tuesday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I happen to believe that the Dukes will certainly be in for a great defensive showing versus Radford on Tuesday. They have struggled in this area in their last few outings and will like to establish themselves in this contest early and often. On the other hand, the Dukes, as stated, continue to struggle on the offensive end and I expect them to also struggle versus a Radford defense that has played much better in 2018. In all, the under will indeed be the strong play in this matchup.
Betting trends for Radford Highlanders:
- The Highlanders are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- The under its 3-1 in Highlanders last 4 games
Betting trends for James Madison Dukes:
- The Dukes are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games
- The over is 5-1 in Dukes last six games