The Eagles and Dukes are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Dukes will host the game at Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 151.5 points, and James Madison is favored by -19.5 to win at home against Georgia Southern.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES VS JAMES MADISON DUKES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Georgia Southern Eagles +19.5

This game will be played at Atlantic Union Bank Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-67 in favor of the Dukes.
  • Even though we have James Madison winning straight-up, we like Georgia Southern at +19.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Eagles Make it Happen in Harrisonburg?

Georgia Southern has struggled mightily this season, as they come into this game with a 5-21 record. They have lost five straight games, and they are 5-8 in Sun Belt Conference play. On the road, Georgia Southern is just 2-15, and their average scoring margin is -12.9 points per game.

As for James Madison, they are 19.5-point favorites in this one. Georgia Southern has been the underdog in 23 of their 26 games, and they are 4-19 in those matchups. Their last game was an 82-75 loss to Coastal Carolina, and they are 1-4 in their previous five road games.

Georgia Southern has an overall ATS record of 9-15-2 this season, including a 5-11-1 mark on the road. As the underdog, the Eagles are 9-13-1 vs. the spread in 23 games this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Georgia Southern has a 6-4 ATS record.

Today’s over/under line of 151.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Georgia Southern’s games this season (146.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points, which is higher than today’s over/under line of 151.5. Currently, their over/under record for the season is 15-11.

Coming off their recent game, the Georgia Southern offense tallied 75 points in a matchup against Coastal Carolina. Their field goal percentage for the game was 38.2%, and they made 11 threes. On the offensive front, the Eagles have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, ranking 347th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 163rd in terms of percentage and 20th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Eagles’ defense is positioned 313rd in the country, permitting 79.5 points per game. Georgia Southern’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Coastal Carolina offense to knock down 56% of their shots on their way to putting up 82 points.

Are James Madison Ready for a Home Win?

James Madison enters this game with a record of 23-3 and has won five straight games. They are 11-3 in conference play and a perfect 12-0 in non-conference games.

As the favorite, the Dukes have gone 20-2 this season, and they are 12-1 at home compared to 10-2 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +18.9 compared to +8.5 on the road.

James Madison has a solid ATS record of 16-9 this season, including an 8-5 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for James Madison games is 10-14-1 with an average scoring total of 151.8. Today’s over/under line of 151.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (153.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 142 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 3-7.

James Madison’s offense had a good outing, putting up 83 points against Georgia State. They achieved a 49% field goal percentage and went 28/31 from the free-throw line. Terrence Edwards is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 17. Meanwhile, T.J Bickerstaff also brings a PPG average of 13.9 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the James Madison defense is giving up an average of 68.6 points per contest. James Madison’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Georgia State offense to knock down 49% of their shots on their way to putting up 63 points.