Thunder seek victory against Grizzlies
Down 2-1 in their best-of-seven second-round NBA playoff series, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to even up that set on Monday night as the teams meet in Game 4 in Tennessee.
Memphis took the series lead in Game 3 on Saturday with an 87-81 home win as a 5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines - making them 3-0 ATS in the set. Marc Gasol had 20 points for the Grizzlies in that win; Kevin Durant had 25 points for OKC.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Grizzlies are 56-26 so far on the season, and 46-34-2 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 60-22 and 48-31-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 33-48-1 and the Thunder go 36-43-3 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Grizzlies installed as 4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 184.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 1-rated Thunder taking on the No. 8-rated Grizzlies in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 105-100 win for the Thunder on Monday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Memphis's No. 11-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Memphis rates No. 30 in the league with 4.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 14 with 7.3 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 97.5 points per game when playing on the road. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 28 in scoring on their home court.
Oklahoma City lost its last outing, an 87-81 result against the Grizzlies on May 11. The Thunder failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 168 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Oklahoma City got 25 points and 11 rebounds from Kevin Durant in a losing cause in an 87-81 loss to Memphis on Saturday at FedExForum.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Memphis are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Thunder at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Memphis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 8 games at home
Memphis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City home to Memphis, Wednesday, May 15
Memphis at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 15