NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies
- Title : NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies
It is a battle of Western Conference foes when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday afternoon. Oklahoma City has secured a playoff spot already and are tied for fifth in the conference. They trail the Utah Jazz by just a half-game for the fourth-place spot.
A must- win contest for Memphis but...
Memphis is in a bit more of a precarious situation. They are currently the eighth seed in the West but have lost all four contests since play resumed. They are clinging to a one-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers and have the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelican’s, and Phoenix Suns all within 2.5 games of them.
Memphis won the last contest between these two teams, defeating the Thunder the day after Christmas, 110-97. These two teams have split the last four contests with one another, alternating victories. However, from April 2017 until March 2019, Oklahoma City had won all seven of those contests.
Also, Oklahoma City ranks 20th in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 110.7 ppg, but they are a very efficient team, connecting on 47.3% of their field-goal attempts, fourth-best in the league. They also have played very well defensively, allowing 108.0 points per contest, ranked eighth in the league.
Oklahoma is looking to improve their playoff position. They are by far the deeper team and are playing better basket right know. Memphis is having a lot of trouble trying to playing 48 complete minutes.
My prediction: Oklahoma Thunder dominate this game and cover easily the spread on -2,5 handicap line