Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Dukes and Red Wolves. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Red Wolves at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, AR. Get ready to place your bets! James Madison is favored by -4.5 in this Sun Belt conference contest against Arkansas State. The game's over/under currently sits at 160 points.

JAMES MADISON DUKES VS ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Arkansas State Red Wolves +4.5

This game will be played at First National Bank Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 7th.

WHY BET THE ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Red Wolves.
  • Not only will Arkansas State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 160 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Dukes Come Through as Road Favorites?

The James Madison Dukes head into this game as 4.5-point favorites. So far this season, they have been favored in 19 of their 23 games, going 17-2 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin on the road is +8.9 compared to +19.3 at home, and they have gone 9-2 on the road.

In their last game, James Madison took down Old Dominion by a score of 78-63. Over their last 10 road games, the Dukes have gone 8-2, and their record on the season is 20-3. They have won two straight games and are 9-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

James Madison has been a solid bet this season with a 14-8 ATS mark. They have been even better vs. the spread when favored, going 12-7. On the road, the Dukes are 8-3 ATS this year and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for James Madison games is 10-11-1 and today's line of 160 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (153.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 156 points.

Coming off their recent game, the James Madison offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Old Dominion. Their field goal percentage for the game was 48.2%, and they made 7 threes. The team's scoring leader is Terrence Edwards, who holds an average of 16.8 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, T.J Bickerstaff is averaging 13.9 points per game this season.

At present, the Dukes' defense is nationally ranked 96th, allowing 69.0 points per game. James Madison's defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Old Dominion offense to knock down 48% of their shots on their way to putting up 63 points.

Will Arkansas State Pull Through as the Underdog Home Team?

Arkansas State will enter tonight's game as a 4.5-point underdog, and they have gone 2-8 in games as the underdog this season. The Red Wolves are 7-2 at home this season, and they have won their last two games.

Over their last 10 home games, Arkansas State has gone 8-2, and they are coming off a 95-80 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Through 23 games, the Red Wolves have gone 10-13, and they are 7-5 in Sun Belt Conference games.

Arkansas State has an ATS record of 13-10-1 this season, including a mark of 6-3 at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Red Wolves have gone 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Arkansas State games is 12-11-1. The average over/under line in their games is 153 and the average scoring total is 157.3. Today's over/under line of 160 is higher than the average line in their games this year. Over their last three games, the OU record is 2-0-1 and the average scoring total is 163.

In their recent matchup, the Arkansas State offense ended with 95 points against Louisiana-Monroe. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 60% and made 12 threes. Leading Arkansas State in scoring vs. Louisiana-Monroe was Caleb Fields with his 22 points. Izaiyah Nelson also added 16 points for the Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves' defense is presently ranked 293rd nationally, allowing an average of 78.6 points per contest. The Arkansas State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 80 points and allowed Louisiana-Monroe to connect on 12 threes.