Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 12/26/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
OKC -6, O/U 224
The Memphis Grizzlies head to Oklahoma City on Thursday for a game against the Thunder in a matchup of teams from the Western Conference. In their last game, the Grizzlies were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 145-115. Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies in points on the night as he recorded 22 while shooting 8 of 14 from the field but 0 of 4 from the free throw line. Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis in rebounds as he recorded a total of 12, with 3 coming defensively. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in assists on the night with 4 while playing a total of 30 minutes against the Spurs.
With the loss against the Spurs, the Grizzlies are now 11-20 on the season which places them in 4th place in the Southwest Division. Ja Morant leads the Grizzlies in points per game with 18.2 and in assists per game with 6.5. Jonas Valanciunas leads Memphis in rebounds per game on the season with 9.9 per game. Memphis enters Thursday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report.
The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to town after winning their last game by the score of 118-112 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder were led in points by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who recorded 32 points on the night while shooting 12 of 25 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Steven Adams led the Thunder in rebounds against the Clippers as he recorded a total of 17, with 6 coming offensively. Dennis Schroder led Oklahoma City in assists with 6 in the game while playing a total 33 minutes.
Oklahoma City is now 15-14 on the year and are in 3rd place in the Northwest Division. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been Oklahoma City’s driving force on offense as he is leading the team in points per game with 19.1. Steven Adams has been the Thunder’s most productive rebounder and is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. Chris Paul continues to have a stellar career and is currently leading the Thunder assist man as he is averaging 6.3 assists per game. The Thunder enter Thursday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Hamidou Diallo is listed as out while Danilo Gallinari is listed as day to day.
The Memphis Grizzlies have scored an average of 110.9 points per game on the season while allowing 117.2 points per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have scored 109.2 points per game this year while allowing 107.9 points per game. In their last 5 games, the Grizzlies are 2-3 while the Thunder are 4-1 and have won 4 games in a row. The Thunder won the first matchup of these two teams this season by the score of 126-122 in a game played in Oklahoma City. I will be going with the Thunder in this one as they are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Grizzlies. I will also be going with the Thunder to cover in this one as in their last 10 matchups with the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City has beaten Memphis by the average score of 113-105. Oklahoma City wins 116-109 and covers the spread.