Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 2/28/14
Memphis Grizzlies (32-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to arrest a three-game home skid tonight when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to town.
The Thunder have suddenly lost three straight at home and will be looking to get back to winning ways after getting stunned by the lowly Cavaliers on Wednesday by 114-104. Kevin Durant led the way with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Russell Westbrook added 24 points and nine assists, but the Thunder's defense simply collapsed in the fourth quarter, allowing Kyrie Irving to score 14 of his 31 points in a 42-28 quarter for the Cavs. In fact, the Thunder have allowed an average of 114 points during their three game skid which interestingly coincides with Westbrooks' return to the lineup. With the loss, Oklahoma City drops to 43-15 overall, just 1.5 games ahead of San Antonio in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have won five of their last six games and will be looking to build on their 108-103 win against the Lakers on Wednesday. Courtney Lee led the scoring with 18 points while Tony Allen added 17 points off the bench, but this was a game that shouldn't have been close at all as the Grizzlies led by 65-46 heading into halftime before they became complacent and allowed the dangerous Lakers back in the game. In the end, Memphis will be happy that they escaped with the win as their win improves their overall record to 32-24 which is just half a game outside of the top eight in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win, while the Thunder are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Grizzlies were far from convincing in their latest win over the Lakers while the Thunder shocked me with their loss to the Cavs, but I think they will regroup and get the job done tonight.