Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 11/18/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, November 18, 2022
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Memphis
The Oklahoma City Thunder are headed to FedExForum on Friday where they will compete against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Thunder faced off with the Celtics and took a loss by a score of 126-122 in their last contest. Oklahoma City ended the game with a 48.0% field goal percentage (47 out of 98) and made 11 of 30 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thunder converted 17 of their 21 shots for a rate of 81.0%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 51 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 21 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 4 steals. In the matter of defense, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 47.9% from the field on 46 of 96 shooting. Boston dished out 25 dimes and had 15 steals in the game. Additionally, Boston snagged 46 boards (10 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Boston finished 82.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 24 of 29 shots. They also converted 10 of 37 shots from downtown. When discussing fouls, the Thunder ended up finishing with 21 and the Celtics recorded 20 fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and dished out 8 dimes. He played for 36 mins and also pulled down 4 rebounds. He accumulated 37 points on 13 out of 26 shooting.
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Oklahoma City will enter this matchup with a record of 6-8 on the year. They average 116.3 points per game (7th in basketball) while hitting 46.5% from the floor. The Thunder are shooting 33.3% on three-point attempts (163 of 490) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 45.5 rebounds per game and has accumulated 345 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 15th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.9 times per game and as a group they commit 22.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 17.3 turnovers per game while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They give up 35.0% on 3-pointers and they are 23rd in the league in PPG allowed (116.3). The Thunder defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (587 of 1,268) and they surrender 48.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 11th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 333 surrendered for the campaign.
In their last game, the Grizzlies took a loss by a score of 113-102 against the Pelicans. In regard to rebounds, Memphis permitted New Orleans to collect 43 overall (7 offensive). They finished the game shooting 47.4% from three-point range by shooting 18 of 38 and finished the contest at 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Grizzlies permitted the Pelicans to convert 43 of 91 tries from the floor which had them at 47.3% for this contest. Overall, the Grizzlies walked away from this one shooting 38 out of 92 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.3%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Memphis converted 9 of 35 attempts (25.7%). They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 68.0%. The Pelicans earned 20 fouls for this contest which took the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for 25 tries. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. The Grizzlies collected 37 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 51 for the game.
Ja Morant pitched in for the Grizzlies for this contest. He made 13 out of 27 in the matchup for a rate of 48.1%, and had 8 rebounds. Morant accumulated 36 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and had 4 assists in this game.
Memphis has a record of 9-6 on the year. The Grizzlies commit 20.7 fouls per contest and they hit 70.8% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.6 times per game (21st in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.7 times per contest. Memphis has earned 1,709 pts on the year (113.9 per game) and they pull down 47.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
The Memphis defense allows 36.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (201 of 552) and their opponents are making 76.1% of their foul shots. They relinquish 26.4 assists and 43.4 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 21st and 15th in the NBA. The Grizzlies on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 113.4. They are able to force 14.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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