Grizzlies vs. Thunder Spread Prediction
The Thunder have struggled without Paul George in the lineup, but they could get him back on Sunday night when they host the Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m. ET. Even if George returns, will Oklahoma City blowout Memphis in order to cover the spread?
7:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 3, 2019
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Thunder are 10.5-point favorites to beat the Grizzlies. The total, meanwhile, sits at 215.5 points and as of this writing, 60% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Thunder to cover the point spread.
Memphis Grizzlies Fantasy Spin
Jonas Valanciunas abused Dallas to the tune of 20 points (8-of-9 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), ten rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes Saturday night. Valanciunas has now scored 20 points or more in three of his last four games, posting a double-double in each of those outings. During this stretch the big man is averaging 19.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, taking full advantage of his opportunity to start after being acquired by Memphis from Toronto. A top-75 player in nine-category leagues over the last two weeks, Valanciunas is in a position where he can be a factor in most fantasy leagues.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin
Russell Westbrook scored just 19 points during a 116-102 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 34 minutes. He did not play in the final 3:38 with the Thunder down 19 points, so that might help him be a little fresher in the back-to-back set on Sunday. Westbrook isn't triple-doubling like he used to before the break with just one in the five games since All-Star, averaging 29.6 points, 11.8 boards, 8.0 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.0 treys. He will continue to have a massive upside as long as Paul George is out.
NBA Betting Trends
The Grizzlies are just 2-12 against the spread in their last 14 games when playing the second contest of a back-to-back.
The Thunder covered the spread just once in their previous six games when following a loss of more than 10 points.
I talked myself out of backing the Grizzlies on Saturday in Dallas because while the Grizzlies have been competitive in their recent losses, they were still racking up L’s. Well, they certainly took care of business yesterday in whipping the Mavs 111-81, easily covering as a 4.5-point road dog. If George isn’t back tonight for the Thunder, I like the Grizzlies to at least be competitive against a Thunder squad that cannot be carried by an inefficient Westbrook. Oklahoma City has failed to cover the spread in its last six games, is 0-5 against the number in its last five conference games and is 0-4 ATS in its last four games following a loss of any kind. This is simply too many points.
Sunday NBA Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +10.5