Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, 11/18/2022
Location: FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports Southeast Memphis
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to FedExForum on Friday where they will face off against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Thunder faced the Celtics and lost 126-122 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished the game with a 48.0% field goal percentage (47 of 98) and made 11 of 30 shots from downtown. When firing from the charity strip, the Thunder converted 17 of their 21 shots at an 81.0% rate. In terms of hauling in boards, they amassed 51 total, 10 of which were on the offensive end. They also dished out 21 assists in that matchup, forcing the other team to make 14 turnovers and 4 steals. On defense, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 47.9% from the field on 46 of 96 shots. Boston dealt 25 dimes and had 15 steals in play. Additionally, Boston grabbed 46 boards (10 offense, 36 defense) and earned 6 blocked shots. Boston finished 82.8% at the free throw line by putting down 24 of 29 shots. They also converted 10 of 37 shots from downtown. When discussing fouls, the Thunder finished with 21 and the Celtics recorded 20 fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who has contributed significantly to the competition. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the contest with 50.0% from the floor and gave out 8 dimes. He played 36 minutes and also scored 4 rebounds. He accumulated 37 points on 13 of 26 shooting stages.
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Oklahoma City will go into this matchup with a record of 6-8 this year. They average 116.3 points per game (7th place in basketball) and hit 46.5% from the floor. The Thunder shoot 33.3% on three-pointers (163 of 490) and 77.1% on the charity streak. As a team, Oklahoma City is averaging 45.5 rebounds per game and amassed 345 cents for the season, which ranks them 15th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They flip it 13.9 times per game and as a group they commit 22.3 personal fouls each night.
On defense, the Thunder force their opponents to 17.3 turnovers per game while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They give up 35.0% on 3-pointers and are 23rd in the league in PPG allowed (116.3). The Thunder defense gives up a 46.3% shot percentage (587 out of 1,268) and as a squad gives up 48.5 rebounds per game. They are 11th in the league for allowing their opponents assists, with 333 given up for the campaign.
In their last game, the Grizzlies lost to the Pelicans 113-102. In terms of rebounds, Memphis allowed New Orleans to accumulate a total of 43 (7 offensive). They finished the game with 47.4% from three-point range, shooting 18 from 38, and finished the competition with 9 from 12 from the free-throw line (75.0%). The Grizzlies allowed the Pelicans to convert 43 of 91 attempts from the floor, giving them a 47.3% for that competition. Overall, the Grizzlies walked away shooting 38 of 92 out of the field, giving them a 41.3% percentage. For downtown shots, Memphis converted 9 attempts out of 35 (25.7%). They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a 68.0% clip. The Pelicans earned 20 fouls for that contest, which led the Grizzlies to the charity streak for 25 tries. They coughed up the ball 11 times while getting 6 steals in that game. The Grizzlies accumulated 37 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds, totaling 51 for the game.
Yes Morant filled in for the Grizzlies in this competition. He made 13 of 27 in the matchup with an odds of 48.1% and had 8 rebounds. Morant accumulated 36 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists that game.
Memphis has an annual record of 9-6. The Grizzlies commit 20.7 fouls per fight and hit 70.8% from the free throw line. Their assist rate is 23.6 times per game (21st in basketball) and they lose possession through turnover 14.7 times per competition. Memphis has earned 1,709 points over the year (113.9 per game) and they’re pulling down 47.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Grizzlies hit 46.3% from the ground, which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
The Memphis Defense allows 36.4% shots from outside the perimeter (201 out of 552) and their opponents take 76.1% of their foul shots. They give up 26.4 assists and 43.4 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 21st and 15th in the NBA, respectively. The Grizzlies on defense rank 17th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 113.4. They are capable of forcing 14.4 TOs per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win today’s NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn’s Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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