There will be no love lost on Monday, March 25 as the Grizzlies (29-44, 19-18 home) host the Thunder (43-30, 20-18 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at FedExForum.
These two teams have tangled two times in 2018-19, with the Thunder winning on two occasions. The last time they played on March 4th, 2019, Oklahoma City won 99-95 behind 22 points from Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder opened as 5.5-point favorites for this match up, with a projected point total of 219. That’s a big point spread, so think twice if you’re thinking of wagering on the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 37-36-0 against the spread this season and 36-37-0 over/under. Memphis, meanwhile, is 34-39-0 ATS and 32-41-0 over/under.
The game will feature two of the league’s top defenses. The Thunder rank 15th in fewest points allowed at 111.0 points per game, and are limiting opponents to just 45.0% from the field and 35.0% from downtown.
Oklahoma City grits out 17 turnovers per game and is second in the league in rebounding at 48.1 per contest. Add it all up and you’ve got a team that can thrive even when its offense isn’t firing on all cylinders.
The Grizzlies haven’t been too shabby on defense themselves. They rank second in fewest points allowed at 105.2 points per game, and are holding opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc. Memphis forces15.5 turnovers per game and is 29th in the league in rebounding.
Both clubs have been active lately. The Grizzlies are coming off of a 112-99 loss against the Timberwolves in Minnesota in which they were 10 for 33 from deep were out-rebounded 55-54.
The Thunder, meanwhile, are fresh off a 116-109 win versus the Raptors in Toronto in which they dished out 30 dimes and came up with nine swipes. Paul George torched the Raptors for 28 points.
Overall, the Thunder have won four of their previous ten games and are sixth in the Western Conference, while the Grizzlies have lost five of their last ten and are 13th in the Western Conference.