Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Monarchs and Dukes. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Dukes at Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 155 points, and James Madison is favored by -17 to win at home against Old Dominion.

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS JAMES MADISON DUKES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Old Dominion Monarchs +17

This game will be played at Atlantic Union Bank Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE OLD DOMINION MONARCHS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Dukes.
  • Even though we have James Madison winning straight-up, we like Old Dominion at +17.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Monarchs Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Old Dominion has struggled mightily on the road this season, posting a record of 1-9 away from home. Over their last ten road games, the Monarchs are just 1-9. On the year, they have been outscored by an average of 8.6 points per game on the road.

As the underdog, Old Dominion has gone 2-10 this season. In their previous game, the Monarchs beat Marshall by a score of 83-76. So far, they have gone 6-16 overall, including a mark of 2-9 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Old Dominion has struggled against the spread this season, posting a 5-16 record. Their ATS mark as the underdog is 3-9 and they have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, the Monarchs are just 2-8 vs. the spread this year and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Old Dominion’s over/under record this season is 11-8-2 and the average over/under line in their games is 146. So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 155. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 1-2.

The Old Dominion offense is coming off a game in which they scored 83 points vs. Marshall. Overall their field goal percentage was 49.2% while connecting on 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Devin Ceaser with 20 points. Chaunce Jenkins also added 17 points for the Monarchs.

Facing James Madison, Old Dominion aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 77.3 points allowed per game (274th). In their most recent game, the Old Dominion defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Marshall knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 76 points.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored James Madison?

James Madison has been one of the top teams in the Sun Belt this season, posting a record of 19-3 overall and 8-3 in conference play. The Dukes have been especially strong at home, going 9-1 on the season and 9-1 in their last 10 games at home.

For the year, James Madison has been favored in 18 of their 22 games, going 16-2 in those contests. Their average scoring margin at home is +19.7 points per game, and they come into this game on a three-game winning streak.

As the favorite, James Madison has gone 12-6 against the spread this season. At home, the Dukes have an ATS mark of 6-4, and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for James Madison sits at 10-10-1 with an average scoring total of 153.7 points per game compared to an average over/under line of 153.2. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 156 points.

James Madison is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 105 points vs. Coastal Carolina. This figure is more than their season average of 86 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 17 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, T.J Bickerstaff also maintains a PPG average of 14.1 heading into game.

Currently, the Dukes’ defense holds the 110th rank in the nation, allowing 69.3 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, James Madison’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 27.3% this season.