Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Richmond Spiders Odds
The visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Robins Center against the Richmond Spiders.
Richmond battles the Rams, currently sitting with a 16-3 mark (6-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-6 for the Spiders and 5-7 for the Rams.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Richmond sat as 8.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 192-rated Spiders and the No. 30-ranked Rams, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-74 result in favor of the Rams.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Richmond has the nation's No. 107-rated offensive output, at 70.4 PPG. The visiting Rams defense ranks No. 65 allowing on average 61.3 PPG. The Spiders FG% has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.
Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.8 points per game. Richmond, meanwhile, comes in at No. 86 nationally in scoring at home.
Virginia Commonwealth was a 90-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Duquesne. They covered the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Commonwealth cruised to victory on Saturday, running Duquesne out of the gym and running up a 90-63 score at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Last time out for Richmond, they were an 81-61 winner as they battled Charlotte at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. The battle between the Spiders and 49ers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Charlotte was handed an 81-61 defeat on Saturday at Robins Center.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing La Salle are 1-1
After a win are 10-0
Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Massachusetts are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 9-1
After a win are 6-4
A few Rams at Spiders trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Richmond is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Richmond's last 5 games when playing Virginia Commonwealth
Richmond is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Richmond is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Commonwealth home to La Salle, Saturday, January 26
Richmond at Massachusetts, Sunday, January 27