Memphis (24-16) at Oklahoma City (23-16)
When: Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder will both be looking for their third consecutive victories when they meet on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena on ESPN. The Thunder are coming off an impressive win in Chicago in which star Russell Westbrook wasn’t the leading scorer. Instead, Steven Adams led the way with 22 points for Oklahoma City’s second straight win after three losses in a row. Westbrook fell just short of another triple-double with 21 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds. Centers Enes Kanter (13.8) and Adams (12.4) combine for an average of 26.2 points. Point guard Cameron Payne (foot) averaged 14 minutes off the bench in his first two games of the season but went 0-of-6 from the floor in Monday’s 109-94 win at Chicago. The Thunder will try for a little revenge after Memphis scorched them in a 114-80 win on December 29th. Oklahoma City is tied with Utah in the Northwest Division prior to the Jazz’s game on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies are coming off two different styles of victories. On Friday night, they scored 49 combined points in the fourth quarter and overtime to upset the Warriors in Golden State 128-119, then slowed things down on Sunday in an 88-79 win versus Utah. Center Marc Gasol is averaging 19.7 points a game on the year and is playing well when reserve Zach Randolph is on the court with him. Randolph had 27 points in the Golden State win on 12-of-17 shooting and has 11 rebounds in each of the last two games. Head coach David Fizdale is concerned about the team’s ability to guard the 3-point line with the two on the floor but played both together down the stretch in the last two games. Memphis is ranked third in points allowed (98.6) and third in field goal percentage defense (43.4%). Point guard Mike Conley continues to play well and is averaging 21 points and 11 assists in the last three games. Memphis will have a day off Thursday before playing at high-scoring Houston on Friday night.
Memphis really plays the better teams well it seems and they have already crushed the Thunder just a few weeks ago. I think the Grizzlies keep this one close throughout and at least cover the spread.
Pick: Grizzlies +4.5