James Madison vs. Elon - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Elon Phoenix (10-18) at James Madison Dukes (9-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (JMU Convocation Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Elon Phoenix (10-18, 6-9 CONF) and the James Madison Dukes (9-16, 2-12 CONF) will meet on Thursday, February 20th for a CAA conference matchup at the JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, VA. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Elon is coming off a 75-70 home win over Drexel in their last game. Elon has now won four of their last five games overall, all of which were conference victories. Some of those wins came against some pretty tough teams, such as Northeastern and College of Charleston. James Madison is coming off a 63-48 home loss to Towson. That loss extended James Madison’s current losing streak to three games. The Dukes’ last win came against UNCW on February 1st.
Elon scores 68.8 points per game on 41.3% FG shooting this season. Elon’s leading scorer is G Marcus Sheffield III who scores 18.5 PPG. The Phoenix allow 71.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -3.1 scoring differential so far this season. Elon also earns 33.0 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 4.8 steals per game.
James Madison scores 72.9 points per game this season on 41.3% FG shooting. The Dukes’ leading scorer is G Matt Lewis who averages 18.9 PPG. James Madison gives up 76.4 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -3.5 point differential so far this season. James Madison also earns 38.9 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game.
Elon is 14-10-1 ATS this season and 6-4 ATS in their last ten games. Elon is also 7-5 ATS on the road so far this season. James Madison is 8-15-1 ATS this season and 2-7-1 ATS in their last ten games. James Madison is also 4-8 ATS at home so far this season.
I like Elon as the road dog in this one. Elon has played much better basketball than James Madison recently, and all the trends point in Elon's favor. I think Elon will be prepared to go on the road and pull out a win at James Madison, but take the 2.5 points just to be safe.