Last Updated Feb 23, 2022, 9:55 PM

Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers Predictions, Picks, Odds

The Temple Owls (15-9, 8-5 AAC) travel to meet the Memphis Tigers (15-9, 9-5) at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN2.

Score Prediction

Memphis 71 Temple 68

Best Bets

  • Temple +12 (-120)

Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers Predictions

The Owls are coming off a solid 75-71 upset win at Cincinnati last time out as 7.5-point underdogs on Sunday. In fact, Temple has back-to-back victories as an underdog, playing themselves back onto the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. A win against SMU on Wednesday is also a nice signature win as a three-point favorite.

The Tigers were humming along, looking more and more tournament-worthy since flipping the calendar from January to February. However, SMU smacked them right back onto the bubble with a 73-57 rout in the Metroplex Sunday, losing outright as two-point favorites. Memphis hopes to avoid SMU in the AAC Tournament, as the Tigers have dropped both regular-season games by an average of 12.0 PPG to the Mustangs. The loss snapped a five-game cover streak for the Tigers, too.

Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Odds

  • Temple +550
  • Memphis -667
  • Temple +12 (-120)
  • Memphis -11.5 (-110)
  • Over 137.5 (-110)
  • Under 138.5 (-120)

Temple Owls Betting Analysis

  • SU 15-9
  • ATS 15-9
  • OU 8-15-1

The Owls have won and covered each of the past two games, and with the win at Cincinnati on Sunday they completed a season sweep. Temple may or may not have the credentials for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth, but they're definitely trending in the right direction. And, for bettors, Temple is a solid 7-2 ATS across the past nine games overall.

The Owls are 5-1 ATS in the past six games following a SU win, and they have stacked covers with a 5-1 ATS mark in the past six games following an ATS win. Temple is also a solid 5-2 ATS in the past seven games on the road, while cashing in five straight against teams with a winning overall record.

The UNDER is 11-3-1 in the past 15 games for the Owls, while going 6-2 in the past eight outings on the road. The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six games following a SU win and an ATS cover, too.

Memphis Tigers Betting Analysis

  • SU 15-9
  • ATS 10-13-1
  • OU 13-11

The Tigers were searching for a sixth consecutive cover last time out on Sunday at SMU, but the Mustangs had other ideas. Memphis entered as a two-point favorite, but left the court with a 16-point loss. That snapped a 5-0 ATS run for the Tigers.

Memphis is 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall, while going 3-1-1 ATS in the past five games at home. It's also 4-1 ATS in the past five games against teams with a winning overall record, while going 7-3 ATS in the past 10 at FedEx Forum against visitors with a winning road record.

For totals, there aren't many clear-cut trends, although the Tigers have hit the UNDER in seven straight games played on a Thursday. Those kind of circumstantial trends are rather meaningless when betting, but still worth mentioning nonetheless.

Inside the Stats – Temple Owls

  • Record: 15-9
  • PS/G: 67.3 (275th)
  • PA/G: 65.8 (75th)
  • ORtg: 99.4 (245th)
  • DRtg: 97.2 (117th)

Inside the Stats – Memphis Tigers

  • Record: 15-9
  • PS/G: 76.0 (62nd)
  • PA/G: 69.6 (203rd)
  • ORtg: 104.6 (136th)
  • DRtg: 95.9 (84th)
The favorite and home team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings. (AP)

Key Players to Watch

  • TEM: Khalif Battle - G (21.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.8 FG%, 48.8 3P%)
  • TEM: Damian Dunn - G (15.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 83.6 FT%)
  • MEM: Jalen Duren - C (11.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 1.1 APG, 64.4 FG%)
  • MEM: DeAndre Williams - F (10.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 56.7 FG%)

Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers Conclusion

The Tigers have some injury concerns, as G Landers Nolley II (knee) and reserve G Earl Timberlake (shoulder) are each considered question marks. Nolley's absence would be a difference maker, as he has averaged 15.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.7 APG and 1.0 SPG across the past three outings.

Of course, Temple is also dealing with an injury concern, as G Jeremiah Williams (shoulder) is nursing a shoulder injury and uncertain to play. He has been sidelined since Feb. 7. Williams is the team's third-leading scorer at 9.8 PPG while chipping in with 4.4 APG, 3.6 RPG and 1.4 SPG.

Memphis is on its home hardwood, and that should be the difference maker here, as it looks to cool off Temple. The Owls should be able to keep it within a few buckets, however, and certainly within single digits, grabbing the cover.

Temple Owls vs. Memphis Tigers Betting Trends

  • Temple is 7-2 ATS in the past nine games overall.
  • Temple is 5-2 ATS in the past seven road games.
  • Temple is 5-0 ATS in the past five vs. winning teams.
  • Temple is 5-1 ATS in the past six after a SU win.
  • Temple is 5-1 ATS in the past six after an ATS win.
  • Memphis is 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall.
  • Memphis is 3-1-1 ATS in the past five home games.
  • Memphis is 4-1 ATS in the past five vs. winning teams.
  • The UNDER is 11-3-1 in the past 15 games overall for Temple.
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in the past eight road games for Temple.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six for Temple after a SU win.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six for Temple after an ATS win.
  • The UNDER is 7-0 in the past seven Thursday games for Memphis.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings.
  • The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings.
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