Oklahoma City Thunder (11-13) at Memphis Grizzlies (8-17)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies meet Saturday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 101.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 98.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.9 points and 9.7 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost eight straight road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a feel good victory here after losing 13 of their last 14 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 97.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 17.7 points and four assists. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Chandler Parsons is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost nine of their last 10 home games.
The Thunder are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Grizzlies are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the favorite is 15-5-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder head into this game banged up and may be without Paul George, but that's not enough for me to back the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis simply isn't a good basketball team and the losses are piling up at an insane rate. Until Mike Conley returns, this is a squad I've been fading pretty much all season long. OKC has its issues with consistency and possibly missing one of its top players is a concern, but there's still more talent than what the Grizzlies have to offer. Give me the better team and the reasonable number.