NBA Betting Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
Thursday, 1/31/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -8
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -9.5
Opening Total:  191.5
Current Total:  190
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Oklahoma City Thunder F Kevin Durant has averaged over 30 points per game in his last 15 contests against the Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder F Kevin Durant has averaged over 30 points per game in his last 15 contests against the Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis has won and covered the spread in three of its last four games, as it comes off a 103-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as one-point road favorites, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests.  The Grizzlies will be playing this game without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was traded away to the Toronto Raptors Wednesday afternoon.  The squad is 12-8 overall on the road, including a 7-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Memphis is 3-0 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Thursday.

The Grizzlies have won and covered the number in their last two meetings against the Thunder, including a 107-97 victory as 5.5-point road underdogs on Nov. 14, while going OVER the posted total of 195.  Memphis is 14-0 when scoring 100 or more points this season, while it leads the NBA in allowing just 89.5 points per game.

Oklahoma City returns to Chesapeake Energy Arena after splitting six games on the road, as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing 105-96 setback to the Los Angeles Lakers as three-point favorites Sunday.  The Thunder have been led by forward Kevin Durant on the offensive end, averaging 35.5 points over his last six games.  He has managed to average 30.2 points in his last 15 regular-season games versus the Grizzlies.  Oklahoma City is 30-12 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Thunder are a dominating 19-3 at home this season, including a 13-1 mark versus conference rivals.  Oklahoma City has compiled a tremendous 44-10 record in its last 54 games following a straight-up loss, including a 9-1 mark in that situation during the current campaign.  Offensively, the team ranks first in the NBA in averaging 105.7 points per game, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to their 15-7 ATS mark versus winning teams, while the Thunder are 3-10 ATS at home following a road trip of seven or more days.

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