The Memphis Grizzlies will be at home in front of a raucous crowd tonight to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup. The Grizzlies knotted the series at one apiece with a 111-105 overtime victory Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Despite the Grizz winning Game 2 on the road, oddsmakers have the Thunders as -2 point road favorites over the Grizzlies with the total set at 188.5 points. The Grizzlies are 9-4 in their last 13 at home against the Thunder, including two previous playoff matchups. Be sure to check the Playoff Point Spreads for all games on tap.
The Thunder (1-1, 0-0 V) Kevin Durant finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds while Russell Westbrook added 29 points, eight assists and seven boards. The duo combined to shoot just 23- of-56 from the field. Serge Ibaka finished with 15 points, 11 boards and five blocks.
“In order to win games in the playoffs, you have to win on the road,” Westbrook said. “Regardless of whether we had won Game 2, we would have had to win on the road if we want to win. We have to go in there and take care of business.”
The Thunder will have to work on a few areas before tonight’s game. In Game 2, Memphis outscored OKC, 56-36, in the paint. The Grizz have a clear advantage with their big-man combo of Randolph and Gasol, but the Memphis bench dominated Oklahoma City’s 33-14.
Despite struggling mightily on the offensive end, the Thunder almost won. Their anaemic offensive displays are an oddity for Oklahoma City. Just as the Grizzlies rarely win games by eclipsing huge point totals, the Thunder don’t lose games because of inferior, disorganized offensive execution. They, unlike the Grizzlies, finished in the top seven of offensive efficiency during the regular season. Good luck holding the Thunder’s offense to sub-40 percent shooting in Game 3 and beyond.
The Grizzlies (1-1, 0-0 H) Zach Randolph scored 25 points, Mike Conley donated 19 points with 12 assists and Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee each chipped in 16 points for the victors.
The Grizzlies aren’t capable of regularly duplicating potent, show-stomping offensive performances like in Game 2. They ranked 16th in offensive efficiency during the regular season, and Game 2 was only the sixth time all year—regular season and playoffs—when they breached 111 points. Scoring in volume just isn’t a natural occurrence for the Grizzlies. What they did on the offensive end in Game 2 was a collective anomaly, not something we can expect to see in coming games.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Thunder are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Oklahoma City at Memphis
When: Thursday April 24@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Thunder -2
The Bottom Line: One ugly almost-win doesn’t change the fact the Thunder are still the favorites to win Game 3. The Grizzlies offense isn’t going to go off like Game 2. We recommend you sign up with Sportsbook to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Oklahoma City vs Memphis game.