The Memphis Grizzlies face Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA League on Monday at the FedExForum, with Grizzlies aiming to end this season on a positive note and Thunder hoping to secure the playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Memphis Grizzlies was defeated by Minnesota 112-99 at home in their last contest on Saturday night. Oklahoma City heads to this contest with a 116-109 road win over Toronto on Friday Night. Both teams have already met two times this season, which ended in Oklahoma City victory, one with 117-95 score and another with 99-95 score.
Grizzlies made a good start against Minnesota and were up in the first-half by just one point before relinquish their lead by 16 points after three quarters. The Minnesota carried an 84-68 advantage into the fourth quarter, giving the win they desperately needed. Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns contributed with 33 points and 23 rebounds, while Grizzlies‘ Mike Conley scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points in the game. The confidence was fueled by a strong performance from the Minnesota in the third quarter with a 19-4 run while Grizzlies missed nine of their eleven shots.
Oklahoma City Thunder starts off the game poorly against Raptors in their previous game, lagging by 10 points in the first half. But, a good comeback from Thunder in the third quarter led the team to seal a 116-109 victory special thanks to Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview and Prediction
The Grizzlies sits thirteenth in the Western Conference NBA Standings and has already been eliminated from the playoff contention. The club has played terrible basketball in the last few weeks, losing three of their last five games and winning just three out of the last eight games. The Memphis has averaged 102 points per game on shooting and allowed 105 points per game.
The Thunder snapped their four-game losing streak with a win over Raptors last game. Still, the Oklahoma City are on a struggling run of form this season, losing nine of their 16 games causing the team to drop to sixth in the Western Conference. The club have averaged 114 points on shooting and allowed 111 points per game.
Thunder are better than Grizzlies in all areas of the game and have won each of the last nine games against them. We expect Thunder winning trend will continue here.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder Spread -5.5 @ 1.90 at Pinnacle Sports