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Thunder are Struggling Mightily in Absence of Kanter

The Memphis Grizzlies have been road warriors lately and can improve to 4-1 on a six-game road swing when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Grizz have beaten Utah, Phoenix and Denver by an average of 15.3 points in their last three games. Oddsmakers initially set the Thunder as 1-point faves with a total of 206.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Grizzlies' last 10 games on Friday.
  • The Grizzlies are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games on the road after covering in their most recent road game.
  • The Thunder are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as favorite.

OKC is currently on a three-game losing streak and played one of its worst games of the season in a 128-100 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. The Thunder are struggling to fill the void of injured big man Enes Kanter, who took out his frustration on a chair and is sidelined for six to eight weeks with a fractured right arm.

This is the third time these teams have met this season, with the Grizzlies easily taking the last contest on December 29 by a score of 114-80. Veteran swingman Vince Carter recorded 14 points, six assists and five rebounds while making all three of his 3-point attempts in that game.

The UNDER is paying out when these teams collide at Chesapeake Energy Arena. In the last four matchups between the Grizzlies and Thunder in Oklahoma, the UNDER is 3-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Memphis Grizzlies listed as 1-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 206.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 107-103 win for the Grizzlies on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Memphis Grizzlies will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 26-25 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 26-24 ATS. Memphis is 25-25-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Oklahoma City is 21-27-2 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Memphis injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Oklahoma City Thunder rated this week at No. 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies sitting at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 14-ranked offense averaging 105.66 PPG, against a Memphis Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 3 at 99.51 PPG. The Oklahoma City Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 45.19% so far, more than the Memphis Grizzlies shooters have achieved on the year, 43.17% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Grizzlies and Nuggets didn't turn out to be much of a battle at all as Denver was handed a 119-99 defeat on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.

The Thunder were blown out by Chicago on Wednesday, losing by a 128-100 final at Chesapeake Energy Arena in basketball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
  • Memphis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games when playing Memphis
  • Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis

Next Betting Matchups

Memphis at Minnesota, Saturday, February 4th
Oklahoma City home to Portland, Sunday, February 5th