The St. John’s Red Storm (4-0) are in Brooklyn to take on the Temple Owls (2-2) Monday. Tip-off from Barclays Center is at 9:30 (ESPNU). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the St. John’s vs. Temple odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
In 4 home games to start the season, St. John’s has been an offensive powerhouse averaging 85.3 points per game (33rd). This should be another game in which the Red Storm will put up points as Temple currently ranks 285th in the country with 73.8 points allowed per game.
While the Red Storm are scoring, the Owls are struggling to score with an average of 75 points points per game (158th) and are shooting just 41.6% from the field (277th). Temple has not been good this season and a win over a depleted Villanova squad is propping up a mediocre team.
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St. John’s vs. Temple odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:55 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): St. John’s -180 (bet $180 to win $100) | Temple +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
- Against the spread (ATS): St. Johns -3.5 (-115) | Temple +3.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 150.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
St. John’s vs. Temple picks and predictions
St. Johns 87, Temple 73
St. John’s (-180) is probably the right side, but this line is a little steep to bet with confidence when considering the risk vs. reward and the value is much better on a short spread.
BET ST. JOHN’S -3.5 (-115).
The Red Storm have come out firing this season on offense while Temple has allowed plenty of points.
Although being played on a neutral court in Brooklyn, this amounts to a home game for the Storm. They will use this advantage to their advantage as they will swallow up the Owls and spit them out — St. Johns should win this game by double-digits, and I am betting they will. ST. JOHN’S -3.5 (-115) is my favorite play.
BET OVER 150.5 (-110).
St. Johns averages more than 85 points per game, and Temple averages 75 for and nearly 74 against. This does not bode well for keeping down the Red Storm in this game. I like this game to hit the Over relatively easily with both teams helping get there
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