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Memphis Grizzlies (29-15) vs. OKC Thunder (34-11) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder return home tonight to host the Memphis Grizzlies after playing nine of their last 10 games on the road.

The Thunder made out pretty well winning seven of those 10 games but were 3-3 in their last six, all of which were on the road.

The Grizzlies come into tonight just having made one of the biggest trades of the year sending Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in part of a three-team trade. Memphis acquired Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye in the trade.

It is unlikely that any of the new members of the Grizzlies will play tonight however.

Memphis is looking to go back to the team that made a run in the playoffs two seasons ago behind Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and a bunch of role players. They’re already seeing some promise off the bench from Jerryd Bayless who had 21 points in the Grizzlies’ last game.

The Grizzlies beat the Thunder earlier this year the first time they played 107-97 in OKC back on Nov. 14.

The Thunder shot 48.6 percent in that game but Memphis shot 47.3 percent, got 12 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over just eight times. Gay led Memphis with 28 points while Randolph had 20 and 11.

Memphis’ bench was crucial in the win with Wayne Ellington coming in and scoring 12 points and Quincy Pondexter 13. Ellington was traded earlier this season to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Marreese Speights and Josh Selby.

Kevin Durant had a great game for the Thunder in the loss scoring 34 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 13 assists but shot 6-for-19 from the field.

Serge Ibaka had a nice game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. The Thunder really missed Kevin Martin in that game as he scored only seven points on 1-for-4 shooting from the field.

The Thunder are well rested coming into tonight having played their last game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. OKC will be happy to be back home where they are 19-3 on the year.

It will be tough for the Grizzlies to keep up with the top-rated Thunder offense tonight, especially after losing their leading scorer. Memphis has just the 21st ranked offense in the NBA this season.

Memphis has the second best defense however and will hope to control the boards, not turn the ball over and play a slower paced game to get by the Thunder.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST tonight and air nationally on TNT.

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