James Madison Dukes (9-9) vs Drexel Dragons (8-11)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
James Madison Dukes vs Drexel Dragons
The Dukes of James Madison will travel to the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle the Drexel Dragons at 2 p.m. eastern time on Saturday afternoon. Drexel suffered yet another loss on the road to the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in their last outing as they were blitzed in the second half after taking only a slim, 2 point lead at the half by a margin of 57-41 as the Seahawks ended the game shooting 50% from the floor while allowing just 44% for the Dragons. James Butler along with Troy Harper led the team with 17 points apiece in the loss for the Dragons as they were able to connect on 12 of 36 3-point attempts on the night.
On the other hand, the Dukes of James Madison won their second straight game after edging the Towson Tigers in their last time out as James Madison also was able to rally in the second half in which to outscore the visitors 46-27 after going down by 10 at the half en route to their 2nd straight victory to where they prevented opponents from scoring 70 points. Matt Lewis along with Darius Banks led the team with 24 and 22 points, respectively, with Banks also pulling down 11 rebounds in the all-important victory.
James Madison Dukes 's Latest Performance :
During their current two game winning streak, the offense for James Madison remains to be very inconsistent, as a whole. Nonetheless, their defense, which allows just 70 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor, has really stepped up their game during their winning streak in allowing just 65 points or less in each of these victories. Versus the Towson Tigers, it certainly took a while for the defense for the Dukes to get going as they survived a horrendous start to where they allowed 38 points to their opponents at the end of the first half. Nonetheless, the Dukes locked down their opponents in the second half in allowing just 26 points en route to the much-needed victory.
For the game, the Tigers ended shooting 42% from the field along with connecting on four of 15 3-point attempts while the Dukes shot 47% from the floor while converting 8 of 25 attempts from long-range as Matt Lewis along with Darius Banks had 24 and 22 points, respectively, for James Madison, as stated. Finally, James Madison also got to the free-throw line 28 times compared to just nine for the Tigers in this contest. The Dukes will certainly be looking to lead with their defense in this all important conference matchup on Saturday as they will also be seeking to continue their winning ways in addition to winning their third straight conference game, overall.
Drexel Dragons's Latest Performance :
In all, Drexel’s inability to stop their opponent on the defensive end has been the catalyst in their woes for the 2018-19 season. This was certainly evident in their last road matchup versus the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks as the Seahawk shot 50% from the floor while following up a 40-point first-half offensive burst with a 57 point demolishing in the second half en route to the much-needed victory. Davonte Cacok led the Seahawks with 24 points scoring while Troy Harper along with James Butler led Drexel with 17 points apiece with Butler pulling down 10 rebounds, as stated.
Furthermore, the Dragons were heavily outrebounded in this contest while allowing the Seahawks to get to the free-throw line a total of 28 times compared to just 10 for the visitors. For the season, Drexel is averaging 79 points per game on 47% shooting from the floor. And despite their losing streak, their offense has continued to put points on the board on a nightly basis. As stated, the problem lies in the defensive mishaps throughout 40 minutes as they have allowed 80 or more points in eight of their last 10 games, overall.
They may indeed struggle on offense in this matchup as well as James Madison is allowing opponents to shoot just 43% from the floor on the season. On the other hand, the Dragons can certainly even the scales in this matchup as they will be matched up versus a Dukes team that shoot just 43% from the floor per game.
How James Madison Dukes & Drexel Dragons Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
James Madison is 6 – 10 ATS while the OU is 10 – 6
Drexel is 9 – 9 ATS while the OU is 11 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association matchup on Saturday afternoon as both these teams will be looking to pull out a much-needed victory. Drexel has certainly not been able to gain any traction as of yet this season as their defense has simply been atrocious. On the other hand, James Madison suffers from a severe lack of offensive consistency along with defensive cohesion, overall. With that being the case, look for both teams to come in with the healthy amount of focus and intensity for this matchup as they will be looking to erect themselves out of disastrous starts to the season while performing much better within conference play, moving forward.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: James Madison Dukes
My reason for the pick :
I simply do not trust the Drexel Dragons at this point due to the fact that they tend to give up entirely too many points to their opponents at this point in the season. With that being the case, look for James Madison to seize control of this game at some point while cruising to a convincing victory over a Drexel Dragons team that can indeed put points on the board, however, will also allow a ton of points to their appointed, as well.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this matchup due to Drexel, as pointed out, giving up at least 80 points in eight of their last 10 games, overall. And while the offense for James Madison has indeed struggled, during their current winning streak, their offense has been much better with each outing. It is for this reason that I will back the James Madison Dukes to put some points on the board while also allowing some as well to the home team as the total will certainly be surpassed in this contest on Saturday.
Betting trends for James Madison Dukes :
- The Dukes are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Dukes last 5 home games
Betting trends for Drexel Dragons:
- The Dragons are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games
- The over is 4-2 in Dragons last six games