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(30-21) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (28-22)
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 204
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Friday NBA sees two teams battle for playoff positioning facing one another in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Although the postseason itself is still a ways away — we haven’t even hit the All-Star Game, after all — every win matters when home-court advantage could potentially be on the line.
That’s a position the Memphis Grizzlies have gotten used to over the past few seasons, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are just pleased to be in the playoff picture at all with Kevin Durant having taken his talents to the Golden State Warriors this past summer.
*All statistics, rankings, standings and records are accurate as of this writing at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb 2.
The Memphis Grizzlies enter this contest averaging 100.6 points per contest. That number is good enough for 26th in the NBA.
Defensively, this group is more on the elite scale. It’s giving up just 99.5 points per contest, which is good enough for third in the Association.
Entering this game, the Grizzlies have won three straight, including four of their last five.
They’ve taken down the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors during that stretch with the only loss coming to the then-streaking Portland Trail Blazers.
Against the Thunder, look for the Grizzlies to focus on everyone defensively except Russell Westbrook.
This isn’t to say that Memphis is going to let him inot the paint whenever he wants — it’s to say that the super point guard is going to get his numbers regardless of who is defending him.
OKC has proven that it can’t find major success when the role players step up, and that has become even more apparent with Enes Kanter out of the lineup.
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Russell Westbrook, the walking triple-double himself, has never recorded a trip-dub against the Grizzlies.
Friday could be the day it finally happens.
The problem is that if it does happen it’s going to be by design by both parties. Here’s what we mean:
- Westbrook is determined to average a triple-double this season. That, along with the fact that he’s never recorded one against the Grizz gives him enough motivation to put together a stellar individual line.
- Memphis doesn’t care one bit about how well Westbrook performs if it gets the win. Giving him his numbers is not a concern.
The Thunder could very well see Westbrook go off for one of his best performances of the year on Friday despite Memphis’ stingy defense.
The question is: Who else is going to complement the Thunder’s star?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Grizzlies are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Grizzlies are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 vs. Western Conference.
- Grizzlies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games.
- Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Based on recent trends, this game isn’t going to go the Thunder’s way. Not only are they coming off three straight losses, but their most recent outing was an awful showing against one of the league’s most dysfunctional teams in the Chicago Bulls.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: MEM ATS
Memphis at +1.5 is an easy pick here. OKC without Kanter and in the midst of a slump makes home-court advantage less important.
This won’t be a high-scoring game, per se, but the Grizzlies should get a big victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 103 – OKC Thunder 98
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