Oakland vs. James Madison - 11/23/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland vs. James Madison - 11/23/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison Dukes (4-1) at Oakland Grizzlies (1-3)

College Basketball: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm (Athletics Center O'Rena)

The Line: Oakland Grizzlies +1 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The James Madison Dukes will travel to Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The James Madison Dukes had their 4-game winning steak and dropped to 4-1 on the season after being defeated by The Citadel Bulldogs, 91-82 (OT), this past Tuesday. James Madison fought back from a 61-49 deficit to force OT however, couldn’t secure the victory after the Bulldogs used a 6-0 run to take an 83-76 lead with just :43 seconds left in OT. James Madison shot 40.6% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. James Madison outrebounded The Citadel by  a 54-37 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 17-6 margin. Leading the way for the Dukes was Matt Lewis who had 21 points, 3 assists, and a rebound.

On the season, James Madison is averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Darius Banks (17.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 3.2 spg), Stuckey Mosley (14.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Matt Lewis (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Dwight Wilson (10.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg).

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Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 9.2 and a turnover margin of -2.8.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped their 3-game losing steak and improved to 2-3 on the season after defeating the D-III Defiance Yellow Jackets, 91-47, this past Monday night. Oakland was incredible on the offensive end against the overmatched Yellow Jackets and had no trouble securing the win after taking a 33-16 lead at halftime. Oakland shot 64.0% from the field and 55.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Golden Grizzlies outrebounded Defiance by a 35-26 margin and forced the Yellow Jackets into committing 16 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Xavier Hill-Mais who had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Oakland is averaging 78.8 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzles are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Xavier Hill-Mais (26.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 spg), Jaevin Cumberland (12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.5 apg), Jordan Nobles (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 bpg), and James Beck (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 apg).

Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -6.5 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

The Dukes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 12-3 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Golden Grizzlies are 8-24 ATS in their last 32 games overall and just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games.

James Madison has one of the better backcourts in the CAA this season, led by Stuckey Mosley, and has been solid defensively as they rank T-33rd in rebound margin, T-54th in blocks per game, and T-24th in turnover margin. Oakland is still looking for their first win against a D-1 team, however, the Golden Grizzlies have played some solid competition in Toledo, Western Michigan, and UNLV and still project to be decent team in the Horizon this year. This should be a close game however, James Madison should have some success against the Oakland defense that ranks just 302nd in defensive FG%, and as they are good ATS on the road, I’m taking James Madison and the point in this one.

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Brett’s Pick James Madison Dukes +1

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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