Grizzlies open a series vs. Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder went just 1-2 SU but 2-1 ATS against the Memphis Grizzlies during the regular season as those teams open a best-of-seven second-round playoff series on Sunday.

The Thunder finally dispatched the Rockets on Friday night, winning 103-94 in Game 6 of that set to take the first-round series 4-2. The Grizzlies are also coming off a clinching win on Friday, beating the Clippers 118-105 at home in that Game 6.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder currently sports a record of 60-22, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 48-31-3 ATS. The Grizzlies are 56-26 and 46-34-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 36-43-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Grizzlies have gone 33-48-1 against the number.

View Memphis vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Grizzlies before tip-off in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 185.5 at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Grizzlies, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 105-100 victory for the Thunder.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Grizzlies rank No. 11 in the league with 42.7 per game. That compares with Oklahoma City’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oklahoma City is the NBA’s No. 14-ranked team at 7.3 per game, while the Grizzlies rate No. 30 with 4.7 per contest.

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.

Oklahoma City was a 103-94 winner in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 197 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Thunder got a 27-point performance from Kevin Durant as Oklahoma City ran past Houston 103-94 on Friday at Toyota Center.

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
After playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Grizzlies at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Memphis's last 14 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games
Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oklahoma City's last 14 games when playing at home against Memphis
Oklahoma City is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Memphis at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 7
Oklahoma City home to Memphis, Tuesday, May 7

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