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Grizzlies vs Thunder Prediction, Preview, Stream, Odds & Picks

Western Squads Prepping for Postseason

Postseason teams in the Western Conference will meet on Sunday, which is the final day of the NBA regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies (51-30) have clinched the No. 2 seed, while the Oklahoma City Thunder (39-42) will participate in the Play-In Tournament with the No. 10 seed.

Expect both teams to rest most starters as they prep for the postseason. However, there are still plenty of intriguing NBA odds to bet on. The Grizzlies are 2-2 straight-up and 1-3 against the spread (ATS) in the last four, while the Thunder are 1-3 outright and ATS in the same span. Which team will cover the NBA point spread? Here’s everything to know for Sunday’s matchup.

Young Grizzlies Get Time To Shine

Memphis went all out on Friday night in the 137-114 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (18.6 points, three blocks) turned in another tremendous performance with 36 points. He is averaging 31 points over the last four games. Jackson’s scoring production will be an X-factor in the playoffs. He could elevate the Grizzlies’ title hopes, which NBA lines have at +1600.

With the No. 2 seed clinched, Memphis will likely rest its starters. Sunday will be a great opportunity to check out some of the Grizzlies’ lesser-known players, like guard Kennedy Chandler (2.2 points) and rookie forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. (3.4 points). Chandler has played sparingly, but his explosive burst brings high potential.

Lofton could be the player to back on your NBA bet slip. He won G League Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.2 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 53.9% from the field. Loften excels in the paint, and the Thunder ranks in the bottom half of blocks per game and opponent 2-point percentage.

Thunder Makes Significant Progress in Rebuild

Following the Dallas Mavericks’ loss on Friday, Oklahoma City is officially in the Play-In Tournament. Regardless of the postseason results, this has been a successful season for the Thunder. Few NBA predictions expected OKC to be this competitive.

Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31.4 points) took a big leap and is the sportsbook’s second favorite to win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award (+200). Wing Jalen Williams was the association’s second-best rookie, averaging 14.1 points. The future is bright, as the Thunder hold six first-round picks over the next two drafts.

Oklahoma City will likely rest key pieces like Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Williams. Guard Isaiah Joe (9.5 points) should have an elevated role on Sunday. The Grizzles rank 27th in allowed 3-pointers per game, while Joe shoots 40.9% on 3-pointers. The sharpshooting guard is poised for a standout performance.

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Grizzlies vs Thunder Head-to-Head

Oklahoma City is 3-7 and 4-6 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Also, the home team won in the last three matchups.

Grizzlies vs Thunder Game Information

  • Game: Grizzlies (51-30) vs Thunder (39-42)
  • Location: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Day/Time: Sunday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Grizzlies vs. Thunder Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

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Grizzlies vs Thunder Picks & Prediction

The Thunder are 0-3 ATS in their last three home games. Look for OKC to snap that streak on Sunday. The Thunder will likely be without key players, but several shooting specialists, like Joe and Aaron Wiggins, should be active. They can take advantage of Memphis’ weak perimeter defense. Favor Oklahoma City in your NBA betting.

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Grizzlies vs Thunder Previous Game (Dec 17, 2022)

You couldn’t ask for a better past week for the Memphis Grizzlies, who have run their season-high win streak up to seven games. Memphis just wrapped up a five-game homestand in a big way, throttling Milwaukee 142-101 on Thursday, which, combined with two straight Pelicans losses, has moved the Grizzlies into first place in the Western Conference.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a streak too, but it’s in the opposite direction with five straight losses. The most recent defeat came 112-110 at home against Minnesota on Friday night, meaning OKC is in the back-to-back vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday night.

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