James Madison Dukes vs Fordham Rams 12/20/2019 Predictions, Odds and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
James Madison Dukes vs Fordham Rams 12/20/2019 – It is a three-game losing streak that the Fordham Rams want to snap. They will have a chance to do that by hosting the James Madison Dukes at the Rose Hill Gym in Bronx, New York. Rams had a winning record at 5-2 to start the season and now they slumped to 5-5. On the other hand, James Madison stands at 6-4 and is coming off a win against Charleston Southern Buccaneers. This match will happen this Friday, December 20 at 7 pm Eastern Time. TV viewing is available at ESPN+ and SofaScore will stream the game. Online Sports Betting sees the Rams snapping their losing streak against the Dukes.
James Madison Dukes vs Fordham Rams 12/20/2019
James Madison Dukes
James Madison Dukes are being led by guard Matt Lewis with his all-around contributions doing 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per night. His main support from the scoring departments coming from fellow guard Darius Banks who averages 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting a fair 41.7% from the three-point arc. Giving them the boost in the paint is Dwight Wilson providing the double-double threat with 10.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. Forwards Zach Jacobs and Michael Christmas adds a new dimension to the team as they combine for 17.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. The Dukes look to capitalize on their previous win and try to start a new momentum to the team.
Players to watch:
M. Lewis G (10 GP 34.5 MIN 17.3 PTS 7.3 REB 4.9 AST 0.6 STL 0.6 BLK 2.5 TO 36.8 FG% 71.6 FT% 32.4 3P%), D. Banks G (10 GP 29.1 MIN 13.6 PTS 5.3 REB 1.9 AST 1.7 STL 0.3 BLK 1.9 TO 41.5 FG% 78.3 FT% 41.7 3P%), D. Wilson F (6 GP 20.2 MIN 10.8 PTS 10 REB 0.2 AST 0.2 STL 0.3 BLK 1.7 TO 70.7 FG% 50 FT% 0 3P%).
The Rams inconsistency is taking a toll already after they dropped three-straight games. They are glad to host this game against James Madison Dukes and will try to score a victory to inject new confidence to the team. Chuba Ohams and Antwon Portley had been their best players and they combine for 23.4 points per night to go with 12.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals. There is not much depth on the Rams roster but the most reliable players are Jalen Cobb, Erten Gazi and Onyi Eyisi. All are fair contributors but don’t expect them to do double-digit contributions. In order to snap the losing streak, they need their role players to step up and push their scoring efficiency even better. Cobb is doing 35.3% from the field while Gazi and Eyisi are doing less than 44%. Good shot selection is the key to this game and gives Ohams room to operate on their opponent’s defense.
Players to watch:
A. Portley G (10 GP 33.7 MIN 11.7 PTS 4.1 REB 3.6 AST 1 STL 0 BLK 2.4 TO 40.4 FG% 70.6 FT% 35.4 3P%), C. Ohams F (10 GP 27.5 MIN 11.7 PTS 8.6 REB 1.7 AST 1.4 STL 0.6 BLK 2.3 TO 48.1 FG% 38.9 FT% 16.7 3P%), J. Cobb G (9 GP 30.8 MIN 9.4 PTS 3.3 REB 2 AST 1.7 STL 0.4 BLK 2 TO 34.5 FG% 69.6 FT% 33.3 3P%).
James Madison Dukes vs Fordham Rams Betting Predictions
James Madison Dukes
The total has gone OVER in 5 of James Madison’s last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Fordham’s last 15 games.
James Madison Dukes vs Fordham Rams Betting Picks
It seems that Basketball Spread Betting sees the Rams maximizing home-court advantage since the Dukes have a hard time winning on the road. It is not hard to agree but it is only a thin spread between the teams and James Madison needs this win. Expect the Rams to go all out in front of their own crowd but the real key is the role players performing better.
Moneyline: James Madison is handed the ML of +148 if they manage to upset the Fordham. On the other side, Rams are given a -162.
Spread: It is 4.5 points separating the teams across the spread with the Dukes given the +4.5 and Fordham Rams are on the other side at -4.5.
Total: 138 points is the expected totals for both teams with the Rams going under while Dukes is over.
Score Prediction: 72-65, Rams win.