Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-2.5)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (19-24) host the Memphis Grizzlies (20-20) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday. Memphis opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 224.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced the Boston Celtics and went home with a win by a final score of 132-126 in their last contest. Memphis ended having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (55 of 110) and buried 12 of their 35 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 10 of their 15 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 54 with 17 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 38 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In regard to the defense, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 52.2% from the floor on 47 out of 90 shooting. Boston recorded 31 dimes and had 3 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Boston pulled down 43 rebounds (5 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Boston went 62.5% when shooting free throws by making 15 of their 24 tries. They also made 17 out of their 35 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Ja Morant is one guy who was a major factor in this game. He racked up 29 points on 12 out of 25 shooting. He was on the court for 40:31 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. Morant finished shooting 48.0% from the floor and also recorded 9 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Grizzlies was Dillon Brooks. He had 7 rebounds in his 37:00 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 45.5% from the field for the contest by connecting on 10-of-22 (24 points). When the final whistle was blown, Brooks totaled 7 assists.
Memphis heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 20-20 so far this year. The Grizzlies are shooting 34.8% on shots from 3-point land (420 of 1,207) and 78.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.4 pts per contest (21st in the league) while shooting 46.2% from the field. They turn the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.0 fouls every game. As a team, Memphis is grabbing 45.7 boards per game and has accounted for 1,073 dimes for the season, which is 14th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Grizzlies are able to force 16.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 10th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,018 conceded on the campaign. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.9% (646 of 731) and they concede 43.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They relinquish 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 12th in basketball in PPG allowed (111.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Oklahoma City Thunder got the victory with a final of 112-103 when they played the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder collected 38 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 47 in this contest. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 8 steals in this contest. The Timberwolves had 17 fouls for the matchup which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for 10 tries. They were able to convert 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.0%. In relation to 3-pointers, Oklahoma City made 21 of their 37 tries (56.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Thunder ended up shooting 41 for 87 from the floor which had them shooting 47.1%. The Thunder allowed the Timberwolves to convert 38 out of their 92 tries from the floor which left them shooting 41.3% for this game. They finished the game shooting 35.9% from distance by shooting 14 of 39 and ended up going 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). In reference to rebounds, Oklahoma City allowed Minnesota to grab 42 overall (11 offensive).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up having an impact for the Thunder for the matchup. He knocked down 11 out of 23 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 47.8%, and had 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points in his 34:08 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that was important for Oklahoma City was Aleksej Pokusevski. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in 33:20 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 13 from the floor. Pokusevski walked away from this one going 38.5% from the field in addition to collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 19-24 on the campaign. As an offense, the Thunder are shooting 44.9% from the field, which has them ranked 24th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has 4,574 pts this season (106.4 per game) and they snag 44.6 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 22.9 times per contest (24th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.9 times per contest. The Thunder commit 18.2 personal fouls per contest and they go 74.4% from the charity stripe. The Thunder on the defensive side of the court are 17th in the league in points given up per game with 112.0. They relinquish 24.6 assists and 47.3 total boards per game, which has them ranked 15th and 27th in the league. The Oklahoma City defense concedes 35.0% from downtown (546 of 1,560) and opponents are making 75.7% of their free throw shots. They have forced 13.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the field (12th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+2.5) and under 224.5 points
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