Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Face the Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
Friday, 2/3/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  FSOK
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -9
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -9
Opening Total:  192.5
Current Total:  192.5
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The Oklahoma City Thunder possess the NBA's best record heading into the weekend

Memphis travels to Oklahoma City on a two-game winning streak that includes an impressive 96-77 win over the Atlanta Hawks as 4.5-point road underdogs.  The Grizzlies will be seeking revenge for a pair of home losses against the Thunder already this season.  Offensively, the team is averaging just 86.7 points and shooting 42.5 percent from the floor on the road, which doesn’t bode well when facing a team with the NBA’s best record heading into the weekend.  Memphis is 0-3 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points this season.

The Grizzlies have failed to score 100 points or more on the road this season, while forward Rudy Gay has scored just 35 combined points in two meetings with the Thunder.  Memphis has played relatively well without the services of power forward Zach Randolph, entering tonight’s game with an 11-7 record in that situation.  The youthful roster will need to avoid a letdown against Oklahoma City, which may come after winning in Atlanta for the first time since November 2005.

Oklahoma City returns home after a successful 2-1 road trip that finished with a convincing 95-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks as one-point underdogs.  The Thunder have gone “over” the total in three of their last four contests, averaging 100.1 points per game this season.  Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to be one of the best one-two punches in the NBA, scoring 26.6 and 21.9 points per game respectively.  The two combined for 56 points against the Mavericks.  Oklahoma City is 25-11 ATS on Friday nights the last two-plus seasons.

The Thunder are 17-4 overall and 8-1 at home this season, which includes a 5-1 mark versus Western Conference teams inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Oklahoma City has been much better on the defensive end this year through 21 games, allowing 94.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting, which is a vast improvement from surrendering 103.6 points per contest in the same time period a year ago.  The team has won 10 straight games in front of the home fans when holding opponent to 100 points or less.

Bettors will likely back the Thunder due to their 6-1 ATS mark as a home favorite of 5 to 10.5 points, while the Grizzlies are 0-7 ATS in the same point range as an underdog.

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