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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 2

When: 9:30pm ET. Tuesday, May 7th 2013
Where: Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Memphis Grizzlies 4-3 (6-1 ATS) will look to even the Western Conference Semi-Finals series on the road on Tuesday night when they play the Oklahoma City Thunder 5-2 (3-4 ATS). The Thunder won game 1 on Sunday afternoon 93-91 after never giving up and playing a great final quarter.

Both teams struggled to shoot early in the game and Memphis was up 16-14 after a sloppy 1st quarter. OKC missed their 1st 10 shots to begin the game. The 2nd quarter seen a lot more offense and by the break the Thunder had a 47-46 lead. Memphis played great defense in the 3rd to take a 73-64 lead.

It looked like the Grizzlies were going to steal game 1, but the Thunder outscored Memphis 29-18 in the 4th quarter. The Grizzlies were up 1 when Durant nailed a jump shot with 11 seconds left. Pondexter had a chance to tie the game at the line if he sunk all 3 shots, but he missed the first one.

Latest Grizzlies vs. Thunder Game 2 Odds

OKC has opened up as a -2.5 point favorite at most NBA betting sites. I think the point spread could drop to -1/-1.5 before game time on Tuesday, so grab the points now if you want to back the Grizzlies. The over/under has opened at 186 points and I don’t think we’ll see much movement on the total.

Teams
JustBet.com
Bovada.lv
Spread
Money Line
O/U
Spread
Money Line
O/U
Memphis
Oklahoma City
+2.5 (-110)
-2.5 (-110)
+125
-145
O186 (-110)
U186 (-110)
+2.5 (-110)
-2.5 (-110)
+125
-145
O186 (-110)
U186 (-110)

OKC vs. MEM Game 2 Betting Preview

Kevin Durant has been the main story in every game since Westbrook went out with an injury. In game 1 against Memphis he led the way again with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. He shot 50% from the field (13/26) and 90% from the line (9/10).

Reggie Jackson had 12 points on 4/8 shooting from the field, but Kevin Martin really stepped up. Martin had 25 pts and he shot 60% (3/5) from beyond the arc. With Westbrook out, Martin has had to step up and provide more scoring. Martin has averaged 15.3 PPG and 2.1 made 3-pointers per game in the playoffs.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 38 points and 20 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field (15/30). I thought that those two played well in game 1. Mike Conley on the other hand had just 13 points on 5/15 shooting from the field and 1/5 shooting from deep.

The Grizzlies bench played well in game 1 as well. The bench players combined for 28 points on 10/22 shooting from the field and 5/10 shooting from beyond the arc. Conley and Allen need to have better performances in game 2 and match-up better against the OKC guards, as they were held quiet in G1.

How the Thunder Will Win Game 2

The Thunder struggled in game 1 because their two big men couldn’t get going offensively. Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins combined for just 7 points on 2/16 shooting from the field. These two need to start draining more of their shot attempts.

Durant will need to have another 30+ point game to keep the Thunder in the game, but more importantly, Martin will need to have another great game offensively to take some of the pressure off of Durant. The Thunder will win if they can do that.

How the Grizzlies Will Win Game 2

I thought Conley took too many shots in game 1. In the playoffs he’s averaging 16.7 PPG and 7.6 APG, but in game 1 he had 13 pts and 3 assists. He needs to look to dish it out more to Gasol and Randolph in the paint on Tuesday night.

They also need to get more timely defensive stops. Gasol said after the game that they lost game 1 because they didn’t get the defensive stops they needed in the 4th quarter. The Grizzlies ranked #1 this season in points against (89.7 PPG).

Grizzlies vs. Thunder Game 2 Predictions

Memphis knows that they can beat the Thunder after game 1, as they let that game slip away. The Thunder were the 2nd highest scoring team in the NBA this season (105.6 PPG), but the Grizzlies did a good job limiting the Thunder’s offense in game 1.

We talked about how each team can win above, but there are a couple other things I want to mention. The Grizzlies need to win the rebounding battle. In game 1 the Thunder had 43 rebounds (7 Offensive) while the Grizzlies had 41 rebounds (8 Offensive).

The Grizzlies also need to win the points in the paint battle against the Thunder. OKC outscored the Grizzlies 36-32 in the pant in G1 and that was with the Thunder big men shooting 12.5% from the field. If Memphis wins those battles they’ll even the series.

My prediction is on the Grizzlies money line (+125) because I like the value. You can get +2.5 (-110) at most bookies right now, but I don’t think the extra 2 points on the spread are going to matter in this game. The over/under is 186 points. Memphis is one of the best defensive teams while OKC is great offensively. I’m not betting the total.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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