James Madison Dukes (7-4) vs George Mason Patriots (4-6)Date : 12/07/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Eagle Bank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
James Madison Dukes vs George Mason Patriots
The James Madison Dukes will travel to Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, to battle the George Mason Patriots on Friday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams have been up and down on the season as James Madison comes into this game winning two of their last three games with their last victory coming over the Radford Highlanders at home as they were able to pick up a 73 – 66 victory despite committing 14 turnovers in the contest. The Dukes however, hit 12 3-pointers on the night as they were led by Stuckey Mosley who went 7 – 11 from long-range while ending with 29 points in the victory.
The George Mason Patriots halted a two-game winning streak as they fell to the Vermont catamounts in their last outing by a 72 – 67 score as Vermont shot 46% from the floor while being led by Justin Kier with 32 points, total; Yet the Patriots nailed only 3 of 18 3-point attempts on the night . The Dukes have covered the spread in only six of the last 23 meetings with George Mason while the over has been the play in 9 of the last 11 meetings, altogether.
James Madison Dukes's Latest Performance :
James Madison has also taken the ‘one step forward one step back approach’ much like George Mason as they have not been able to string together wins all Season. Lately, they have switch wins for losses in their last six games, overall, as they got back into the win column with a win over the Radford Highlanders in their last outing. Leading scorer Stuckey Mosley kept the team in the game with 29 points, as stated, while Matt Lewis also hit three 3s in the game to end with 19 points on a night where the Dukes shot 38% from long range.
James Madison also capitalized on 14 turnovers on the game for Radford yet were outrebounded by a margin of 30-21. On the defensive end, Radford certainly shot well for the game as they went 48% from the floor, however, converted on only six of 16 3-pointers as Carlik Jones along with reserve Travis Fields Jr scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Highlanders in their defeat. Despite the win, the offense for James Madison continues to struggle and will certainly need to come out with a bit more fire in this matchup versus the Patriots of George Mason. They will also need to atone for their last road loss to the Old Dominion Monarchs as they only scored 42 points in what was a 25-point loss on December 1st.
George Mason Patriots's Latest Performance :
The Patriots have George Mason continue to take two steps forward, along with two steps back in 2018 as they were on a two-game losing streak prior to winning two in a row versus the Morgan State Bears along with the William & Mary Tribe. Nonetheless, they ran into a Vermont Catamounts team in their last outing which outrebounded them along with capitalized off 16 turnovers during the contest in which to pull out a slim victory in the Patriots’ own backyard. For the game, Justin Kier kept the team competitive by scoring 32 points while Ian Boyd scored 12 points off the bench; Yet, the Catamounts had two 19 point scorers in Ernie Duncan along with Anthony Lamb who ended the game with Duncan having seven rebounds.
On the defensive end, as stated, the Patriots allowed 40% shooting to the Catamounts for the night, yet their inability to be more accurate from long-range certainly was a catalyst in them dropping their first game in three outings. Nonetheless, they will be looking to get back on track versus a James Madison team that has struggled offensively in 2018, yet possesses a solid defensive unit that allows opponents only 43% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis.
How James Madison Dukes & George Mason Patriots Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
James Madison is 3 – Six ATS while the OU is 7 – 2
George Mason is 2 – 8 ATS while the OU is 5 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting game for both teams as you will have a James Madison team that will be looking to extend their winning ways versus a George Mason team that has struggled recently. On the other hand, you will have a Patriots team that will certainly be looking to shore up things on the defensive end as they are currently allowing teams to shoot 48% from the floor per night. With that being said, look for the road team to push the pace and in which to kick start their offense as the Patriots have been known to allow opponents to score easily in 2018. On the other hand, also look for the offense for the Patriots to take advantage of a defense for James Madison that remains to be a solid group despite their lack of offensive production on a game-by-game basis.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: James Madison Dukes
My reason for the pick :
While George Mason will certainly come out focused on getting a win in this contest, I will back to Dukes in this contest as they simply have the much better defense. And with the offense of the Duke struggling at this point in the season, they they will indeed find some success versus a Patriots team that is allowing teams to shoot at a very efficient rate from the field. With that being the case, look for the Dukes to control the pace of this game throughout while picking up a much-needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this contest as it has been the play in the majority of recent games for James Madison. And since the Dukes, in my opinion, will have much, if not all, of the momentum coming into this contest, I expect them to control the pace throughout while also getting a slew of easy buckets on the offensive end versus a Patriots team that has proven that they are deficient on the defensive end. With that being the case, the over is certainly the strong play in this matchup as the score was certainly balloon as a result of the play of not only the Dukes, but, of the Patriots as well as they will certainly keep this game interesting.
Betting trends for James Madison Dukes:
- The Dukes are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic 10
Betting trends for George Mason Patriots:
- The patriots are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Over is 49-23 in Patriots last 72 home games.