Thunder (6-game winning streak)
107.8 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
100.0 Defensive Efficiency (11th)
95.6 Pace (6th)
57.2 True Shooting % (1st)
51.4 Rebound Rate (5th)
Grizzlies (1-game winning streak)
100.1 Offensive Efficiency (22nd)
99.0 Defensive Efficiency (8th)
94.2 Pace (12th)
51.2 True Shooting % (23rd)
50.8 Rebound Rate (8th)
This will be the fourth and final meeting between the Thunder and the Grizzlies tonight as they tip at 8 p.m. and the game will coincide with the NCAA College Basketball National Championship.
Oklahoma City won the first three meetings but tonight the Grizzlies will be closer to full strength than they were before. Zach Randolph returned to the team on March 16 scoring 25 points in his return but has only averaged 11.1 since then while mainly coming off the bench.
The Thunder are playing the best basketball they have all season right now during this six-game winning streak. Russell Westbrook has really led the way for them and is making a strong case for First Team All-NBA honors.
Westbrook scored 27 points in the Thunder’s victory over the Chicago Bulls yesterday and things might not get any tougher for him tonight as Mike Conley is a game-time decision and may not play.
The matchup is a rematch of the second round series in the playoffs last year. Oklahoma City won that series in seven games despite the matchup not being the easiest for the Thunder. Memphis can match and exceed their size down low and win the rebounding game. The Thunder this season have easily overcome such deficits in games simply with their amazing offensive fire power.
At 40-12 right now the Thunder are just two wins behind Chicago for the best record in the NBA. Oklahoma City has one of the best homecourt advantages in the NBA so expect them to really try and get that top seed and play hard through the end of the season while some teams may be coasting.
Since starting the Lakers game 0-for-8 from the field last Thursday, Kevin Durant has made 21-of-30 field goals. If he continues his hot shooting tonight the Thunder should come away with another win.