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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies Odds, Picks, and Prediction

FedEx Forum will be the site of an intriguing Western Conference matchup in the NBA as the Memphis Grizzlies host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Both teams come into this game on three-game winning streaks, and both teams come in with legitimate stars leading them.

It is entirely possible that whoever wins the matchup between Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Ja Morant will come away with this contest, as we bring you our Thunder vs Grizzlies prediction.

Last Game Records

Thunder Last Game

Coming into this Wednesday night game on the NBA schedule, the Oklahoma City Thunder won their last game. They got the better of the Atlanta Hawks in their last time out, beating them by a score of 121-114.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was phenomenal once again for the Thunder, scoring 35 points to lead all scorers and hitting all 15 of his free throw attempts as the Thunder moved to 11-13 on the season.

Grizzlies’ Last Game

As for the Memphis Grizzlies, they also won their last game, beating the Miami Heat 101-93 at home.

Ja Morant did not play in that game due to injury, but Tyus Jones stepped up to fill the void left by Morant.

Jones scored a game-high 28 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 15-9 despite being without their top-two players, Morant and Desmond Bane.

Matchup Information

These two franchises have met for a combined 99 regular season games all-time heading into Wednesday night.  The Thunder have a decided advantage in those games, having won 65 to just 34 for the Grizzlies.

Of course, many of those games were during a period when the Grizzlies resided in Vancouver, and the Thunder were known as the Seattle SuperSonics, and things have been much more evenly matched during the modern era of these teams.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies Betting Analysis

Oklahoma City Thunder

While the Oklahoma City Thunder standings position is still outside the top 10 in the Western Conference, they have played much better basketball than we saw from them a season ago.

At 11-13, they are just a game and a half back of the defending champion Golden State Warriors for the 10th spot in the conference.

While NBA team stats may not paint a pretty picture of this team, the Thunder are capable of anything as long as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is on the floor.

Oklahoma City has won three games in a row coming into this contest, and Gilgeous-Alexander is a big reason for that streak.

He ranks third in the NBA in scoring this season and has scored 30 or more points in seven straight games.

In this contest, he will need to get into the paint early and often to create open looks for teammates and to score himself to keep up with a potent Memphis team.

Memphis Grizzlies

Coming into this Memphis Grizzlies game tonight, the Grizzlies are in the top four in the Western Conference standings.

They have won three straight games, beating the Heat, Pistons, and 76ers over that span. They have even managed to win games without the services of Ja Morant and Desmond Bane of late.

Against the Heat, the Grizzlies’ offense really suffered without Morant or Bane, but they were able to rely on their defense to win instead.

Memphis held every player but Tyler Herro to under 20 points in their recent win over the Heat, making up for their key absences on the offensive end. Depending on Morant’s status for this game, that may be necessary again.

NBA Injury Report

As is the case with nearly all NBA matchups, injuries can play a huge role in which team comes out on top. This game is no exception, as the Grizzlies are especially vulnerable to the injury bug. 

  • Ja Morant
  • John Konchararen
  • Jackson Jr.

Are all listed as questionable for this game for Memphis, while Desmond Bane is still out. Meanwhile, Kenrich Williams is the only rotation player questionable to participate for the Thunder.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies Betting Preview

The big question for our Thunder vs Grizzlies prediction coming into this game will be the health status of Ja Morant, as his participation, or lack thereof will have a huge impact on the NBA odds for Wednesday’s game. 

Whether Morant plays or not, the Grizzlies have to find a way to stop Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is near the top of the NBA player stats leaderboard in scoring.

His ability to draw fouls and score in tight windows at the rim will force help from defenders like Steven Adams, which could create chances at the rim for his teammates.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies Betting Prediction

Given how banged up, the Memphis Grizzlies are, those making NBA picks on this contest should consider backing the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.

Memphis may be without its top-two players for a second straight night, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is not likely to show them any mercy.

Our Thunder vs Grizzlies prediction is that the Thunder will win a tight game and inch closer to the .500 mark for the season.

NBA Pick: Thunder -8.1

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