The Tigers and Owls are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. The Owls will host the game at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. Memphis come into this American Athletic conference matchup as the -6.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 149 points.
MEMPHIS TIGERS VS TEMPLE OWLS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Temple Owls +6.5
This game will be played at Liacouras Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.
WHY BET THE TEMPLE OWLS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Owls.
- Not only will Temple pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 149 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Is a Road Win Possible for Memphis?
Through 22 games, Memphis has an overall record of 16-6. In American Athletic Conference play, the Tigers are 5-4 compared to their non-conference record of 11-2. On the road, Memphis is 6-4, and they come into tonight’s game against Temple with an average scoring margin of +2.9 points per game.
So far this season, Memphis has been favored in 18 of their 22 games, going 14-4 in those contests. On the road, the Tigers have won six of their last 10 games, and they are coming off a 65-63 win over Wichita State.
On the season, Memphis has an ATS record of 7-15 and they are 5-5 against the spread on the road. As the favorite, the Tigers are just 5-13 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three games as the favorite. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Memphis has gone just 1-9 vs. the spread.
Memphis’ over/under record for the season sits at 12-10 and the average scoring total in their games is 155.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 149 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (151.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.
The Memphis offense is coming off a game where they scored 65 points against Wichita State. They posted a field goal percentage of 37.5% and connected on 8 threes. The Memphis offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.9 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 35% of their looks from outside this season.
So far, the Tigers’ defense is ranked 239th in the country at 75.1 points per contest. Against Wichita State in their most recent game, the Memphis defense gave up a total of 63 points while allowing Wichita State to hit 37% of their shots.
Can Temple Pull Off a Home Win?
Temple enters this game with an 8-14 record, including a 1-7 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls have lost six straight games and are 2-9 as an underdog this season. At home, Temple is 4-7 this season, and they have lost three straight games at home.
Most recently, the Owls lost to East Carolina by a score of 70-64. Over their last 10 games at home, Temple has gone 4-6.
As the underdog, Temple has not fared well against the spread this season, going just 4-6-1. Their overall ATS mark is just 7-12-1. At home, the Owls have an ATS record of 4-7 and they have gone just 3-6 against the spread in their last 10 home games. In their last three games as the underdog, Temple is just 1-2 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Temple is 8-11-1. The average over/under line in their games is 141.6 and their games have had an average of 142.8 points. Today’s line of 149 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this season. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 150 points.
Against East Carolina, the Temple had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 70.6 points per game. They scored 64 points and posted a field goal percentage of 36.1% in the game. The top scorer for the Owls was Jordan Riley with 20 points, while Hysier Miller also added 16 to the scoreboard.
At this time, the Owls’ defense is positioned 203rd in the country, permitting 73.4 points per game. Against East Carolina in their most recent game, the Temple defense gave up a total of 70 points while allowing East Carolina to hit 31% of their shots.