Two Western conference squads with completely opposite goals for the season are clashing today, when the tanking Memphis Grizzlies (18-37), looking to end a lengthy losing streak, are hosting the playoff bound Oklahoma City Thunder (32-26), who have been struggling for the past couple of week and are looking to bounce back. Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-14-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +6
Grizzlies have an 18-37 record (24-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 12th place of the West. They have lost eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Thunder with a 92-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tyreke Evans with 19.4 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and a team high 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 18.1 ppg and a team high 8.5 rebounds per game.
Thunder have a 32-26 record (24-34-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the West. They lost six of their last eight matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Cavaliers with a 112-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 25.5 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.3 and in assists made, with 10.3 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 22.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17 ppg and 6 rebounds per game.
Thunder have won both previous meetings against the Grizzlies earlier this season (by 18 points at home and by one point in overtime on the road). Grizzlies are 13-16 at home so far this season, while Thunder are 12-15 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 106.3 ppg to Grizzlies’ second-worse of 98.9, while Grizzlies are slightly better defensively, allowing 102.6 ppg to Thunder’s 103. The Thunder have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.32% to Grizzlies’ 44.37% and a better 3-point percentage (34.87% and 34.49%). Thunder are better in rebounding (44.9 to 40.6), while both teams are almost equal in assists made (21.1 to 20.9). Thunder have both Westbrook and Anthony back in the lineup and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread which they are expected to beat for the road victory today.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 (-108)
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Spread and Prediction