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George Mason vs. Davidson - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Davidson at George Mason
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
EagleBank Arena
Fairfax, VA
The Line
George Mason Patriots -1 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Davidson Wildcats and the George Mason Patriots meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from EagleBank Arena on Wednesday night.

The Davidson Wildcats will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, but took a step in the right direction with a 65-61 win over Duquesne in their last outing. Kellan Grady led the Wildcats with 17 points on 5 of 15 shooting with 3 threes while Luka Brajkovic added 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Jon Axel Gudmundsson contributed 12 points and a team-high 6 assists while KiShawn Pritchett added 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the scoring in double figures for Davidson in the win. Luke Frampton also added 3 triples for his 9 points in the victory. Gudmundsson leads Davidson with an average of 17.4 points and 4.6 assists per game while Brajkovic leads the Wildcats on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Davidson is averaging 74.5 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 77.1% from the foul line this season.

The George Mason Patriots come into this game looking to build on a 68-53 win over St. Bonaventure in their most recent outing. Justin Kier led the Patriots with 15 points along with 14 rebounds for the double-double while Otis Livingston II added 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes as the only other George Mason player to score in double figures in the win. Jarred Reuter added 8 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the victory. Kier leads George Mason with an average of 14 points and 6.1 rebounds while Otis Livingston II leads the Patriots in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, George Mason is averaging 73 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

Davidson is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. George Mason is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 conference games while the over is 35-17 in their last 52 home games.

The fact that this line is so low is a head-scratcher for some, with Davidson arguably being the more battle tested of the two heading into conference play. However, Davidson has yet to cover in any of their 3 true road games this season, and while the Wildcats have a win over UNC-Wilmington and losses to Wake Forest and North Carolina, the fact is that George Mason has been rolling right now, covering in their last 5 games and have been a covering machine in A-10 play dating back to last season. With this line almost being a pick ‘em, I think you have to give the edge to George Mason who have been solid at home while Davidson leaves a lot to be desired on the road.

Pick:
George Mason -1

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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