Houston vs Memphis Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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Two streaking squads meet when the Houston Cougars (28-2, 16-1 AAC) visit the Memphis Tigers (23-7, 13-4 AAC) on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET. The Cougars are putting their 10-game winning streak on the line versus the Tigers, winners of three in a row.

The Cougars are currently 4.5-point favorites over the Tigers. The matchup’s over/under is 144.5.

Houston vs. Memphis Odds

Point Spread for Houston vs. Memphis

The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Houston as the favorite.

Houston vs. Memphis Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Houston has -209 odds to pick up the win, while Memphis is listed at +175 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 144.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Arena: FedExForum

Houston vs. Memphis Betting Trends

Houston is 17-12-1 against the spread this season. The Cougars have been favorites in 25 games this season and have come away with the win 23 times (92%) in those contests. Houston has gone over the point total in 46.7% of its opportunities this year (14 times over 30 games with a set point total).

Memphis has 13 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. The Tigers have gone 2-4 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). Memphis’ games this season have gone over the total in 17 of 30 opportunities (56.7%).

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Houston vs. Memphis Key Players to Watch


Marcus Sasser is tops on his team in both points (17.2) and assists (3.3) per contest, and also averages 2.8 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 1.7 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. J’wan Roberts is tops on his team in rebounds per game (7.2), and also posts 10.8 points and 1 assists. At the other end, he delivers 0.7 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. Jarace Walker posts 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Defensively, he posts 1 steal and 0.9 blocked shots. Jamal Shead leads the Cougars at 5.3 assists per game, while also putting up 3.2 rebounds and 9.7 points.


DeAndre Williams is putting up a team-best 7.8 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 17.3 points and 2.8 assists, making 53.8% of his shots from the field. The Tigers receive 7.8 points, 4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Elijah McCadden. Chandler Lawson gives the Tigers 4.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest. He also averages 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Houston Cougars

Houston is 8-8-1 ATS in conference games this season. The Cougars have been carried by their defense, as they rank second-best in the nation by allowing just 56.2 points per game. They rank 73rd in college basketball in points scored (76.3 per contest). Houston has been shining when it comes to rebounding this year, ranking 12th-best in college basketball in boards per game (36.1) and eighth-best in rebounds allowed per contest (26.6).

When playing at home, the Cougars are posting 0.8 more points per game (77.3) than they are in away games (76.5). With 7.9 three-pointers per game, Houston is 118th in the country. It owns a 35.2% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 127th in college basketball. With a 27.9% three-point percentage allowed this season, the Cougars are second-best in the nation. They rank 76th in college basketball by giving up 6.4 treys per contest.

The Cougars are 4-5-1 against the spread and 10-0 overall over their last 10 games. Six of Houston’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. Houston has been scoring 78.8 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little higher than the 76.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Houston’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (61.9) is 5.7 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (56.2).

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What you need to know about the Memphis Tigers

Memphis is 6-9-2 ATS in conference games this season. In 2022-23, the Tigers are 22nd-best in college basketball offensively (79.9 points scored per game) and ranked 259th on defense (72.8 points conceded). Memphis collects 32 rebounds per game and concede 31.1 boards, ranking 166th and 184th, respectively, in college basketball.

At home the Tigers are putting up 81 points per game, one fewer points than they are averaging away (82). Memphis is 327th in the country in 3-pointers made (5.8 per game) and 174th in 3-point percentage (34.4%). Defensively, the Tigers are 274th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8. They are 46th in 3-point percentage allowed at 31.3%.

The Tigers have a 5-4-1 record against the spread while going 8-2 overall over their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Memphis has hit the over five times. In its last 10 games, Memphis is posting 82.1 points per contest, 2.2 more than its season average (79.9). In their last 10 games, the Tigers are ceding 74.8 points per contest, two more points than their season average (72.8).

Houston vs. Memphis Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Houston, and we expect that Memphis will cover the spread (Houston -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 144.5 points.

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How to bet Houston vs. Memphis

You can bet on Houston vs. Memphis at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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