NBA Playoffs

Thunder vs Grizzlies

NBA Post Season Matchup Preview

Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7)

TV Schedule

Game 1: In OKC – Sat, April 19th 9:30pm on ESPN
Game 2: In OKC – Mon, April 21st 8:00pm on TNT
Game 3: In MEM – Thu, April 24th 8:00pm on TNT
Game 4: In MEM – Sat, April 26th 9:30pm on ESPN
Game 5: In OKC – Tue, April 29th *TBD
Game 6: In MEM – Thu, May 1st *TBD
Game 7: In OKC – Sat, May 3rd *TBD

Breakdown

 ThunderGrizzlies
Home Court✔︎
Offense✔︎
Defense✔︎
Coaching✔︎
Experience✔︎
Bench✔︎
Momentum✔︎
Verdict✔︎

Analysis

These two teams know each other very well having faced each other in the post season two out of the last three years. Memphis has been a completely different animal since Marc Gasol’s return from injury, and they come in having won 15 straight at the Grindhouse. Their defense is best in the Western Conference allowing under 95ppg, and this team went to the Western Conference Finals last year so the experience is there. The Thunder has had an up and down season, largely due to the in-and-out status of Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant is your 2014 MVP, and has torched the Grizzlies this year to the tune of 30pts/6reb/5ast per game over the 4 contests this season. Westbrook, Thabo Sefalosha, and Kendrick Perkins are all healthy now, and the Thunder have more than enough to overcome the Grizzlies, but they’ll have to fight for it. This could be a long series, but expect the better team to come out on top.

Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder in 6




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