Thunder looking to avoid elimination
The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of elimination on Wednesday night as they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their best-of-seven second-round playoff series.
Memphis won their third game in a row in the series on Monday night, claiming a 103-97 home victory as a 4.5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. That improved the Grizzlies to 9-0 ATS over their nine most recent contests.
Oklahoma City will face the 56-26 Grizzlies, who own a 46-34-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Thunder are 36-43-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Grizzlies are 33-48-1 favoring the OVER.
For bettors going with the Thunder in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 185 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thunder sit at No. 1 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Grizzlies are at No. 8 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 105-100.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 6-rated squad against Memphis's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 14 in the league with 7.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 30 with 4.7 per outing.
Defensively, the Grizzlies feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.6 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 103-97 loser on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Oklahoma City got 27 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 103-97 loss against Memphis on Monday at FedExForum.
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Grizzlies at Thunder trends to consider:
Memphis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Memphis's last 16 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Oklahoma City's last 16 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 13 games
Oklahoma City is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Memphis home to Oklahoma City, Friday, May 17
Oklahoma City at Memphis, Friday, May 17