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Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Picks, Predictions, Odds

Dec. 10, 2021
Joe Hedrick
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

The Murray State Racers (7-1) will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers (5-3) Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled 8:00 p.m. ET at the FedExForum arena and can be viewed on ESPN+.

Score Prediction

Memphis 73, Murray State 67

Best Bets

Murray State +10 (-110) at DraftKings

Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Predictions

The Memphis Tigers enter Friday night’s game on a three-game losing streak. Losing to Iowa State on a neutral court, followed by back-to-back road losses to Georgia and Mississippi, the Tigers look to get things back on track at home. Following this matchup, they will face 9th ranked Alabama and 13th ranked Tennessee. A potential six game drought if the Tigers aren’t careful.

Murray State is 7-1 on the season and have won their last four games. The Racers have been taking care of business with an average winning margin of 22 points. This will be the second road game on the season and toughest opponent Murray State has faced all year.

This is not a game that Memphis should take lightly. This is a very good Murray State team, and a loss here would put the Tigers in some serious trouble.

Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Odds

Odds Provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change

  • Memphis -10 (-110)
  • Murray State +10 (-110)
  • Over 143.5 (-110)
  • Under 143.5 (-110)

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Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: OVC vs. AAC
  • Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Venue: FedExForum
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
  • TV-Time: ESPN+ - 8:00 p.m. ET

Murray State Racers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 7-1
  • ATS: 4-3
  • O/U: 3-4

The Racers are 4-2 ATS on the season and the total has gone over just two times. In their most recent outing, Murray State was able to secure the win, but failed to cover against Middle Tennessee. This is only the second true road game for the Racers which makes it tough to judge how the team will perform on the road.

Murray State is averaging 83.4 PPG (20th) on 51% shooting from the field (7th) and 34% from three. The offense is led by junior guard, Tevin Brown. Brown comes into this game averaging 18 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, while shooting 51% from the field and 45% from three. If Brown can get going it could be a long night for the Tigers.

The Racers are allowing teams 65 PPG (104th). They are allowing 41% (149th) shooting from the field and 32% (178th) from three. The defense will have to be a bit better against a Memphis team itching for a win.

Memphis Tigers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-3
  • ATS: 3-5
  • O/U: 4-4

Memphis has lost three straight leaving them with a 2-3 SU record in their last five games. They have covered just one time during that stretch. The total has gone over in four games for the Tigers, but gone over just once in the past five.

The Tigers come into this game averaging 76 PPG (97 th ), 46.5% FG, and 34% from three. While they have averaged only 67 PPG, 39% FG, and 29% from three during their three-game losing streak. The Tigers will need to get the offense back on track, and it starts with freshman forward, Emoni Bates. Bates is the Tigers leading scorer with 11.5 PPG.

Memphis defense is allowing 67 PPG (160th), but have allowed 75 PPG during the three-game drought. They are 54th in defending the three ball holding teams to 28%. The defense is also ranked 10th in FG% holding teams to 36%.

Inside the Stats - Murray State Racers

  • Record: 7-1
  • VI Ranking: 81
  • PS/G: 83.4 (20th)
  • PA/G: 65 (109th)
  • ORtg: 116.6 (14th)
  • DRtg: 90.9 (82nd)

Inside the Stats - Memphis Tigers

  • Record: 5-3
  • VI Ranking: 70
  • PS/G: 76.6 (97th)
  • PA/G: 67.5 (166th)
  • ORtg: 101.7 (197th)
  • DRtg: 89.6 (66th)

Key Players to Watch

  • MUR – Tevin Brown - G (18.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
  • MUR – K.J. Williams - F (17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
  • MEM – Emoni Bates - F (11.5 ppg)
  • MEM – Deandre Williams - F (10.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Conclusion

It may not be a must win game for Memphis, but it is without a doubt, a key game for the Tigers. This young team will need to gain confidence with back-to-back top 25 opponents on the horizon. I like Memphis to bounce back in this one at home, but think 10 is too many not back the Racers in this one.

The total for this game opened at 143.5. The teams have an average of 159 PPG while allowing 132, but I think Murray States offense will slow down a bit on the road. Not to mention, Memphis has not played up to their potential as of late. I would lean towards the over, but am more comfortable with Murray State +10.

Murray State Racers vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Trends

  • Memphis has failed to cover the spread in three straight games.
  • Memphis has failed to cover the spread in five of its last eight games when playing as the favorite.
  • Murray State has failed to cover the spread in two straight games.


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