Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Dukes and Panthers. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Panthers at GSU Convocation Center in Atlanta, GA. Get ready to place your bets! James Madison is favored by -7.5 in this Sun Belt conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 153.5 points.

JAMES MADISON DUKES VS GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Georgia State Panthers +7.5

This game will be played at GSU Convocation Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 28th.

WHY BET THE GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Georgia State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Dukes Grab a Win in Atlanta?

James Madison is 26-3 this season, including a 14-3 record in Sun Belt Conference play. The Dukes are coming off an 80-74 win over Georgia Southern, and they have won eight straight games.

On the road, James Madison is 12-2 this season. Their average scoring margin on the road is +9.6, and they have won three straight games away from home. Overall, the Dukes have been favored in 25 of their 29 games, going 23-2 in those contests.

James Madison has an overall ATS record of 17-11 this season, including a road ATS mark of 9-5. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

James Madison’s over/under record for the season is 12-15-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 152.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (153.3). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over is 2-1.

The Dukes’ offense wrapped up their last game with 80 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 84.6 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Terrence Edwards, who holds an average of 17.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, T.J Bickerstaff is averaging 14 points per game this season.

So far, the Dukes’ defense is ranked 94th in the country at 68.8 points per contest. Against Georgia Southern in their most recent game, the James Madison defense gave up a total of 74 points while allowing Georgia Southern to hit 44% of their shots.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog Georgia State?

Georgia State is 6-4 at home this season and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home. They are coming off a 68-59 loss to Texas State.

So far this season, Georgia State has been the underdog in 12 games, going 2-10 in those matchups. They have an overall record of 13-15 and a conference record of 7-9.

Georgia State’s ATS record this season is 11-14-1 and they are 4-5-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Panthers have gone 3-7 vs. the spread.

Georgia State’s over/under record for the season sits at 13-13, and the average scoring in its games is currently at 149.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is higher than the average OU line in its games (149). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their OU record during this stretch is 0-3.

Compared to their season average of 76.3 points per game, Georgia State struggled in their previous game. Against Texas State, the Panthers scored 59 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 40.7%. Leading the team in scoring is Lucas Taylor, who is averaging 13.8 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Toneari Lane also maintains a PPG average of 13 heading into game.

At this time, the Panthers’ defense is positioned 225th in the country, permitting 73.9 points per game. Georgia State will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Texas State to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.