Grizzlies vs. Thunder - 1/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (23-23) at Memphis Grizzlies (34-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, TSOH
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies play Saturday night at the FedExForum.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last eight games and end a two-game road trip. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 99.6 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.2 points and 7.5 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.4 assists and Dion Waiters is shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder are still struggling on the offensive end as they’re shooting just 40.3 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from deep in their last five games. OKC has to get going if it hopes to get back in the playoff race. Kevin Durant is questionable for this game with a toe injury.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have won five straight games and continue to climb up the standings. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 101.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 18.7 points and 8.1 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 17.4 points and 5.6 assists. Zach Randolph is grabbing 12 rebounds and Jeff Green is shooting 42.7 percent from the field. The Memphis Grizzlies are playing elite defense duing their five-game winning streak, as they’re allowing 39.6 percent shooting from the field and 23.3 percent shooting from deep. The Grizzlies have won eight straight games when allowing less than 100 points. Vince Carter is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.
The Thunder are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Grizzlies are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The THunder know they have to start winning and even without Durant, Westbrook and company should be enough to keep this close. Give me the points.