Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 01/11/17 – Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
Memphis Grizzlies (24-16) at Oklahoma City Thunder (23-16)
NBA: Wednesday, January 11, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -4.5
The Memphis Grizzlies travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Wednesday night contest. On Dec. 29, the Grizzlies beat the Thunder 114-80. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 25 points and eight rebounds. The Thunder are led by MVP-favorite Russell Westbrook who is averaging 31.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. Gasol and Mike Conley lead the Grizzlies. Conley is averaging 18.7 points and six assists, and Gasol is putting up 19.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. This contest features two teams with contrasting styles. Memphis is third in the league in defense (98.6 ppg) and Oklahoma City are eight in offense (106.9 ppg).
Grizzlies top Jazz in low-scoring affair
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 88-79 on Sunday night. Memphis sent the tone early on when they outscored Utah 42-35 in the first half. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 19 points and nine assists. Gasol had 17 points but he only shot 7-of-18 from the floor. Utah out-rebounded Memphis 44-37 in the contest. Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the win. The Grizzlies had some trouble defending Gordon Hayward who went for 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
JaMychal Green added eight points and six rebounds. A key in the game was turnovers as the Jazz had 18 and the Grizzlies committed 14. Memphis improved to 14-7 at the FedExForum this season.
Thunder blow by Bulls
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 109-94 on Monday night. Oklahoma City took control in the first half when they outscored Chicago 61-46. Steven Adams led the Thunder with 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Russell Westbrook had another big contest with 21 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds. The Thunder shot a scorching 57 percent from the field while holding Chicago to 41 percent. Enes Kanter wound up with 20 points (9/11 fg) and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Victor Oladipo added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes. The Thunder out-rebounded the Bulls 42-38. Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant did a good job in containing Jimmy Butler (illness) who went for a season-low one-point on 0-of-6 shooting. Oklahoma City improved to 9-10 on the road this season.
The Memphis Grizzlies are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
- 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win.
The Thunder will look to seek revenge after an embarassing loss to Memphis a a few weeks ago. Look for Westbrook to have a vintage performance and the Thunder will pull away late. Oklahoma City is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
The pick: Oklahoma City
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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