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Northeastern vs. James Madison - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
James Madison at Northeastern
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Matthews Arena
Boston, MA
The Line
Northeastern Huskies -13.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
NESN Plus; CAA.TV
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The James Madison Dukes will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The James Madison Dukes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-15 (5-9 CAA) on the season after defeating the Delaware Blue Hens, 68-61, this past Saturday night. James Madison was solid on the offensive end against the Blue Hens defense and pulled away later after a 12-2 Dukes run gave James Madison a 61-52 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. James Madison shot 51.0% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, James Madison is averaging 70.1 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosely (17.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Lewis (15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg), Darius Banks (12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg), and Dwight Wilson (9.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg).

Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Northeastern Huskies had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-10 (10-4 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Charleston Cougars, 88-79 in OT, this past Saturday. Northeastern allowed Charleston to fight back from a 10-point 2nd half deficit to force OT and had no answers for Grant Riller and the Cougars offense in the extra period as Charleston scored 19 OT points. Northeastern allowed Charleston to shoot 48.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Cougars by a 35-27 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Vasa Pusica who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Northeastern is averaging 75.6 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (17.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Jordan Roland (15.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Bolden Brace (10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Dukes are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Huskies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

James Madison has won 3 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked 256th in scoring offense, 2017th in FG%, and 191st in scoring defense.

Northeastern has won 9 of their last 11 games and currently rank 108th in scoring offense, 39th in FG%, and 193rd in scoring defense.

James Madison has been playing better as of late, however, this is a team that has struggled on the road all season as they currently are just 3-10 on the road overall, including just 1-6 on the road in CAA play. Northeastern has as much talent as any team in the CAA and although hey sometimes can play down to the level of their competition (was taken to OT twice by Elon this season), the Huskies defeated James Madison by an 78-68 margin on the road this season and I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t beat the Dukes against by double-digits and cover this spread. Take Northeastern. Good Luck!

Pick:
Northeastern Huskies -13.5

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