Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The series shifts to Memphis for Game 3 as the Grizzlies collide with Kevin Durant the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. The Grizzlies are -3.5 point favorites over the Thunder.
Taking Memphis on the moneyline in Game 2 was just about the easiest play of the playoffs if you ask me. The way the Grizzlies practically gave away Game 1, I had no doubts in my mind they would bounce back and take care of business on Tuesday night, managing to even the series at one game apiece after their hard fought 99-93 victory. While Memphis only shot 41% from the floor, which included going 4-15 from beyond the arc, they managed to control the offensive glass, grabbing twice as many offensive rebounds as the Thunder and they only turned the ball over 10 times, compared to nearly double (19) for Oklahoma City. Mike Conley led the way for the visitors with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Marc Gasol added 24 points. For OKC, Kevin Durant was Mr Everything again as he finished with 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
I didn’t think Kevin Martin would replicate his 25 point outing from Game 1 and I was right as he only finished with six points on 2-11 shooting in Game 2. While Derek Fisher’s 19 point outburst was a pleasant surprise, Martin is the guy that needs to step up if the Thunder wants to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Durant has been lights out in the first two games and OKC can’t count themselves pretty lucky they aren’t down 0-2 heading to Memphis for Games 3 & 4.
Like Game 2, I think this is another no-brainer pick. The Grizzlies dominated the Clippers in their home games in the last series and while I don’t think this will be a domination, I fully expect Memphis to come away with the victory and cover here. I just think that the Thunder will struggle somewhat away from home and I can’t see Kevin Durant getting any scoring help anytime time soon. I could go further, but the Grizzlies are the clear play here.
Memphis Grizzlies -3.5 Oklahoma City Thunder