Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies collide in Game 2 from Chesapeake Arena on Tuesday night. The Thunder are -3 point favorites over the Grizzlies with an over/under point total set at 186.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City while the roadteam is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Let’s just call Game 1 the one that got away from the Memphis Grizzlies. For anyone that didn’t watch, Memphis controlled the game from the opening tip-off and actually held a nine point advantage heading into the fourth quarter after a dominate 27-17 third term. However, some costly late turnovers (and missed free throws) and some clutch play from Kevin Durant would ensure a 93-91 victory for the Thunder in the opening game of the series. Durant was everywhere, finishing with 35 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, but it was Kevin Martin that provided the ‘X’ factor for the home team, scoring 25 points on just 14 shots in Russell Westbrook’s absence. Marc Gasol finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Zach Randolph added 18 and 10 for a Memphis team that were in a great to position to take Game 1, yet, missed free throws (14-24) and late turnovers cost them.
I still think the Memphis Grizzlies are going to advance to the Western Conference finals when it’s all said and done. From what we saw in Game 1, I think the Grizzlies are the more balanced team and I think we see Russell Westbrook’s absence become clearer as this series goes on. When you think about it, OKC got a combined 60 points from Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin and they just got over the line, which has to be concerning for Thunder fans moving forward. If I were Memphis, I would let Durant ‘get his’ and try and lock down on Martin because they really don’t have any other offensive weapons with Serge Ibaka struggling like he is.
I think Game 2 will pretty much play out like Game 1 did, but Memphis will come away with the win this time.
Memphis Grizzlies +3 Oklahoma Thunder