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VCU Not Disappointing As Favorites

The VCU Rams have the slightest of leads in the Atlantic-10, but will get a chance to pad that lead when they visit the middling Davidson Wildcats Friday. VCU comes into the game as a slight favorite, but the Rams have been money when giving up points as they are 9-1 ATS in their past 10 as faves.

Shark Bites
  • VCU is 1-3 ATS in their last four against Davidson.
  • Davidson is 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games coming off three days rest.
  • VCU is 7-2 in their last nine games on the road.

The Rams enter Friday on one hell of a run as they have won 10-straight games with an average scoring margin of +17.3 points per game. Melvin Johnson has been making the most of his senior year as the guard has scored double-digits in all but one game this season while playing over 30 minutes per contest.

Davidson has alternated wins and losses in each of their past five contests with their less-than-stellar defense allowing nearly 80 points per game in that span. The Wildcats have simply needed to outscore teams this season, which they have been able to accomplish thanks to Jack Gibbs. The junior is averaging 24.8 points per game, which includes three 40+ point performances.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Davidson Wildcats betting line as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Davidson Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Davidson Wildcats currently sport a 12-6 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-11-1 ATS. The Virginia Commonwealth Rams are 15-5 and 11-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Davidson Wildcats produce a 9-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Virginia Commonwealth Rams have gone 8-8-1 against the totals betting line.

This game puts the Davidson Wildcats, most recently No. 204 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, who rate No. 5 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Davidson's No. 26-ranked scoring average of 81.5 PPG, against a Virginia Commonwealth Rams defense rated No. 53 and allowing 66.75 PPG. The Davidson Wildcats FG% has averaged 43.74% to date this season, less than the Virginia Commonwealth Rams shooters have managed so far (44.44% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Virginia Commonwealth earned a 84-76 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday, getting 26 points from JeQuan Lewis at Siegel Center.

Peyton Aldridge poured in a team-high 34 points for Davidson on Monday, as they defeated Richmond 78-70 at Robins Center.

Betting Trends
  • Virginia Commonwealth is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 6 games
  • Virginia Commonwealth is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Davidson is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Davidson is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Davidson's last 6 games
  • Davidson is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Virginia Commonwealth at La Salle, Wednesday, February 3rd
Davidson at George Washington, Wednesday, February 3rd