The NBA is set up with a total of four games on the board for Monday night. One of those games will be between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies. These teams are trending in opposite directions, which I believe opens the door for the Thunder to register another win to try and build their momentum back up. This game is set to begin at around 8:00 PM Easter time.
Oklahoma City put up a record of 43-30 to this point in the season. The Thunder are currently sitting in sixth place of the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City is coming off an impressive win against the Toronto Raptors, but have struggled as of late. The Thunder have lost ten of their last fifteen games. Oklahoma City needs to find their rhythm again before the playoffs come. I believe that the Thunder will look for a winnable road game like this one to help them get going again.
The Grizzlies have not been doing great this season, sitting in thirteenth place of the Western Conference with a record of 29-44. Memphis has lost back to back games and four of their last five. The Grizzlies are not going to be in the playoffs this season, but they will still look to finish with some pride. Memphis will look to do what they can to earn a win against the Thunder on Monday night.
Monday night’s matchup between the Thunder and the Grizzlies will be the third and final game of the season series. Oklahoma City has struggled as of late, but I believe that they will look to carry in some confidence after earning a road win over the Raptors. The Thunder need to get into a groove before the season ends and I believe they will look to come out fast and dominate Memphis on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was hosted by the Thunder on February 7. Jaren Jackson put up a strong performance with 27 points, while Bruno Caboclo dropped 16 off the bench. Ivan Rabb and Mike Conley put up 15 points each for the Grizzlies, but it was not enough. Paul George had 27 points, while Jerami Grand put up 20. Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City pull off a 117-95 win at home.
The second game of the season series was also in Oklahoma City on March 3. Avery Bradley was hot, as he dropped 27 points and 7 assists. Delon Wright had 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. The Grizzlies dominated the first three quarters, but could not stop the Thunder in the fourth. Russell Westbrook had 22 points in the comeback effort. Dennis Schroder had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 13 points and 22 rebounds. The Thunder were able to pull off a 99-95 comeback win at home.
Oklahoma City has won nine games in a row against the Grizzlies to this point in the season. The Thunder will look to make it ten in a row with a road victory on Monday night. I believe that the Thunder have a good chance to do so. Oklahoma City needs to win games like this if they want to move back up in the Western Conference standings.
Three Point Shooting
Oklahoma City has struggled throughout this season at consistently shooting the three ball. The Thunder have been able to make around 34.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Oklahoma City has been doing slightly better when it comes to defending against shots from deep this season. The Thunder have been able to hold their opponents to a three point percentage of 35.3 percent.
The Grizzlies have been doing even worse when it comes to shooting and defending against the three ball. Memphis has been able to make around 33.9 percent of their three point shots. The Grizzlies defense has held opposing teams to a three point percentage of 36.1 percent to this point in the season.
Even though the Thunder have struggled at shooting the three ball this season, they could have a solid night against Memphis. Oklahoma City could go off for a strong night behind the arc if they are able to get the ball moving against the Grizzlies. I believe that the Thunder should be able to close off the passing lanes against Memphis.
Paul George has been doing really well for Oklahoma City this season. George has averaged around 28 points and 8 rebounds per game this season. Russell Westbrook has been averaging around 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game this season. Dennis Schroder has been doing well off the bench, averaging around 15.5 points per game. Steven Adams have averaged around 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game from the Center spot this season.
Mike Conley is averaging around 21 points and 6.5 assists per game from the Point Guard position to this point in the season. Jonas Valanciunas has averaged around 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game since joining the Grizzlies. Delon Wright has been averaging 10.5 points per game this season. The Grizzlies will likely be missing Avery Bradley and Jaren Jackson Jr. for Monday night’s matchup.
The Thunder and Grizzlies match up really well at the Point Guard spot. Westbrook and Conley will look to put up a stronger performance from the Point. Oklahoma City was missing Paul George in their last game, and I believe he will put up a strong performance. Adams will look to put up a strong performance against Valanciunas.
Oklahoma City has been doing really well against the Grizzlies in the last few performances. The Thunder will look to put up a strong performance from behind the arc to try and pull away from Memphis. The Grizzlies have some injuries that I believe will put them behind Oklahoma City. I believe that with Paul George back in the lineup, the Thunder should be able to win on the road.
BetOnline has Oklahoma City listed as a -6 against the spread. The Thunder have been struggling and I believe that they will look for this game to get them back on track. Oklahoma City has been playing well against the Grizzlies in the last couple seasons and I believe that they will put up another strong performance on Monday night.