Saint Joseph's vs. Temple Prediction and Odds for Tuesday, December 6 (Fade Owls as Big Favorites)

Nov 22, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Temple Owls guard Hysier Miller (3) drives past Richmond
Nov 22, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Temple Owls guard Hysier Miller (3) drives past Richmond / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Two Philadelphia foes do battle on Tuesday night when Saint Joseph's takes the short trip to take on Temple.

The Owls are 5-4 to start the year, fresh off a home win against A-10 foe VCU over the weekend. Last season, Temple's offense sputtered as the Hawks routed them 68-49 in Philly, but now go on the road in poor shape at 3-4 on the season desperate for a statement win.

How will this go down? Here are the odds for Tuesday's rivalry matchup:

Saint Joseph's vs. Temple Odds, Spread and Total

Saint Joseph's vs. Temple Prediction and Pick

This is a swift change in sentiment for Temple, who is favored by double digits for the second time this season. The prior game was their season opener against Wagner, a 76-73 loss. While the Hawks are just 3-4 on the season this is the second time they have been double digit underdogs this season, the only other time was against Houston in their opening game. Sensing a theme here?

Temple's offense isn't built to blow teams out. They play at the 296th slowest pace on offense and are outside the top 200 nationally in offensive rebounding rate and turnover percentage. Saint Joe's plays fast on offense and generates a ton of free throw opportunities, the 14th highest free throw rate in the country, but they play at the 327th slowest rate on defense.

If the Hawks are going to force long possessions from a Temple team that is playing well over it's head on offense -- they are ranked 79th in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency metric, but 192 in ShotQuality's adjusted offensive metric -- this game can stay tight with limited possessions.

This is a rivalry game between two Philly schools, so while Temple would love to get some revenge for last year, this is number is inflated and I'll play it against it with a team that can get some easy points at the free throw line.

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