Hofstra Pride vs. James Madison Dukes Free Pick 12/28/19

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CAA foes will collide when the James Madison Dukes (7-4) take on the Hofstra Pride (9-4) at the JMU Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Hofstra Pride at James Madison Dukes ATS Preview

In the Pride’s last outing, they defeated the Manhattan Jaspers, 63-51. With 14 points and 11 rebounds, Hofstra’s Isaac Kante put together a solid game. Hofstra dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.235 (below their season average of 0.273) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.0 (below their season average of 31.0). Manhattan was 0.018 and 18.9, respectively, for those same stats.

The Dukes hope to keep it rolling after beating the Fordham Rams in their last matchup, 75-69. James Madison received a boost from Matt Lewis, who was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 7-for-18 shooting. James Madison dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 31.6 (above their season average of 24.9) and a free throw rate of 0.379 (above their season average of 0.241). For those same stats, Fordham put up marks of 10.0 and 0.275, respectively.

Hofstra could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Hofstra ranks 52nd in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.2 percent), while James Madison forces the first-fewest turnovers (14.3 percent).

This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Pride won two out of three matchups played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, Hofstra won 76-67. The Pride dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.296 and a turnover percentage of 13.6. The Dukes put up marks of 0.082 and 16.8, respectively, for those same stats.

Hofstra Pride vs. James Madison Dukes ATS Prediction

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Hofstra, ATS Winner – Hofstra, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes:

The Dukes rank 90th in assists per game (13.9) while the Pride rank 187th in assists allowed per game (15.1).

Hofstra averages 37.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 80th in the NCAA. James Madison ranks 255th in rebounds allowed per game (41.3).

The Pride rank 121st in three pointers allowed per game (21.8) while the Dukes rank 243rd (27.7).

James Madison ranks 33rd in blocks per game (4.6) while Hofstra ranks 154th (2.2).

Bettings Trends:

The Dukes have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, James Madison has defeated opponents by an average of 1.5 points.

During their last five games, the Pride have scored an average of 66.0 points per game (11.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (6.6 below their season average).

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