Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-37)
NBA: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder are visiting the FedExForum to take on the Memphis Grizzlies for the third time this season and are searching for the third win in the series. The hosts are in a disastrous form at the moment and are in jeopardy to end the campaign at the very bottom of the Western Conference.
The teams last met a couple of days ago when the Thunder celebrated a 110-92 victory, thanks to an excellent offensive display in the opening quarter, scoring 35 points in opposite to Memphis’ 18. Paul George led Oklahoma with 33 points (10-24 FG, 5-10 3PT, 8-11 FT), eight assists, and game-high three steals; Alex Abrines added 16 points and six boards, Raymond Felton contributed with 14 points, eight dimes, and six rebounds, while Patrick Patterson ended the clash with 14 points and six boards. On the other hand, Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points, six rebounds, and two blocks; JaMychal Green posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards, while Tyreke Evans chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Thunder are looking for a back-to-back wins
The Oklahoma City Thunder ended the four-game losing streak with a win over the reigning champions the Golden State Warriors, but then they displayed a disappointing performance against the Los Angeles Lakers and lost, 106-81. However, the Thunder bounced back at home in a 110-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, and are currently in the 5th position in the Western Conference. Oklahoma is three wins behind the Minnesota Timberwolves who are at the top of the Northwest Division, and they need a W here against the struggling Grizzlies to keep up the pace with the Wolves.
Russell Westbrook is the team’s top scorer with 25.5 ppg, 10.3 apg, 9.3 rpg, and 2.0 spg; Paul George is averaging 22.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 2.2 spg, Carmelo Anthony has 17.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while Steven Adams contributes with 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, and 1.0 bpg. Westbrook and Anthony will likely be ready to face the Grizzlies after missing the previous meeting due to respective injuries. The Thunder are scoring 106.25 points per contest on average (13th), while they are allowing 102.70 points in return (6th).
The Grizzlies are desperate to end the six-game losing run
The Memphis Grizzlies are playing much worse basketball comparing it to the start of the season and are in a terrible run of six consecutive defeats. The turbulent situation in the squad is caused by Tyreke Evans’ trade stories, as he was removed from the team during the trade deadline, but Memphis didn’t ship him out, so the former Sacramento King is still at FedExForum. Only three teams in the West are behind in the standings and that could change by the end of the week if Memphis fails to win here; they could enter the All-Star break at the bottom of the conference.
Evans is the team’s leading scorer with 19.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.9 apg, and 1.0 spg; Marc Gasol has 17.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, and 1.5 bpg, while JaMychal Green averages 10.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg. The Grizzlies are scoring 98.91 points per contest on average (29th), while they are allowing 102.56 points in return (5th).
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
- 13-3 ATS in their last 16 matches played on Wednesday
- 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games vs. an opponent with a losing record
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference rivals
- 7-5 ATS with 2-3 days off
The Memphis Grizzlies are:
- 13-16 at home
- 5-1 ATS in their last six matches played on Wednesday
- 15-19-2 ATS after a loss
- 7-7 ATS as underdogs at home
Oklahoma won the previous five H2H duels and I consider the visitors closer to a victory on this one as the Grizzlies are going through serious problems at the moment and are far away from a playoff picture. The Thunder won the last two meetings at FedExForum, but both were quite narrow, so instead of playing on the spread, I advise a straight win on Oklahoma. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five encounters, while when it comes to points, over occurred in the previous four clashes.