Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/1/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23) at Memphis Grizzlies (50-32)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +2.5 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to stave off elimination against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 tonight.
You always had the feeling that this series would be a tightly contested one, but I'm guessing no one predicted four straight overtime games. After suffering a gut-wrenching 92-89 loss in Game 4, the Grizzlies were able to exact some sweet revenge by pipping the Thunder by 100-99 in Game 5. Zach Randolph finally broke out of his shooting slump with 20 points while Mike Conley added 17, but the real spark for the Grizzlies came in the form of Mike Miller made five of eight three pointers off the bench to lead the team with 21 points. As a team, the Griz did a great job of outscoring the Thunder in transition and in the paint while limiting their turnovers, but this game could have been a completely different story after they squandered a 20-point lead in the third quarter before getting saved by the final buzzer.
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As for the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had a monster triple-double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists while Kevin Durant added 26 points, but the Thunder continue to falter on offense, shooting just 39 percent from the field while committing 17 turnovers to the Grizzlies' nine. OKC would eventually make their late surge to force overtime but their luck simply ran out when Serge Ibaka's game-winning tip-in came just after the final buzzer. All in all, the Thunder will be feeling a little unlucky that they lost at home, but the bottom line is that they were outplayed across the board and will have to regroup in a hurry if they want to force a Game 7.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games, while the Grizzlies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Memphis.
As close as this series has been so far, I'm definitely tempted to take the Grizzlies at home with the points. However, I just get the feeling that this one is going to a dramatic Game 7 so I'm sticking with the desperate Thunder in this one.