Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies - 8/7/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma City Thunder (42-25) at Memphis Grizzlies (32-37)
NBA Basketball: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +3 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the Visa Athletic Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.3 points and six rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.2 points and two assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.8 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a bounce back win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 112.7 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 17.8 points and 7.1 assists while Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 17.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are 25-11 ATS in their last 36 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 8-3 in Grizzlies last 11 overall. The Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Memphis Grizzlies are a tough sell in their current form and you have to wonder if they're just a young team that's accepted their fate and have kind of checked out mentally. You can argue there's more on the line with the Grizzlies here and they need a victory more, but the the Thunder are still fighting for seeding and can realistically end up anywhere from the fourth to the sixth seed. Overall, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been head and shoulders the better team in the bubble and if form holds true, this should be a comfortable win for the favorites.
I'll lay the bucket with OKC.