Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder is 7-point home favorite this evening against the Memphis Grizzlies.  The over/under for the game is set at 206.  Oklahoma City is 33-17 on the year and 26-24 against the spread.  They are 3-0 straight up and against the spread in their last three games.  A home wins over New Orleans 104-93, and two roads win against Phoenix 111-107 and Utah 121-105.  Kevin Durant is Oklahomas best player.  He leads the NBA in scoring with 29 points per game.  Russell Westbrook also contributes 22.5 points per game and Jeff Green averages 15.5 points per game.

Oklahoma City leads the Northwest Division by 3.5 games over Denver.  The Thunder has the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.  To compete with the top teams in the West, the Thunders defense must improve.  The Thunder rank 21st in the NBA in defense, giving up 102.6 points per game.  The er is 5-1 in Oklahoma Citys last six games and the er is 18-7 in Oklahoma Citys home games.  At home the Thunder score 107.2 points per game.

Memphis is 27-25 on the year and 33-19 against the spread.  The Grizzlies played Saturday night and lost at Houston 95-93 in overtime.  That snapped a five-game winning streak.  The Grizzlies still covered against the Rockets as a 5-point underdog.  The Grizzlies are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games. Memphis has played well the last six games without guard O.J. Mayo, whos serving a 10-game drug suspension.  Zach Randolph is the teams leading scorer with 20.3 points per game and rebounds with 13.3 per game.  Memphis is one of the best teams against the spread.  Against the spread on the road, the Grizzlies are 18-11.

These teams met twice in January, with the home team winning and covering both. The er went 2-0 and is 5-0 in the last five games in Oklahoma City. Memphis is 1-4 ATS in the last five games in Oklahoma City.  I am going to take the er 206 in the game and also lay the points and take the Thunder.

February 8, 2011 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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