With the series knotted up at two games apiece, the Grizzlies and Thunder will battle in a best-of-three NBA playoffs series in the coming days. First up is Game 5, which will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV and streaming live on NBA League Pass (online) and NBA TV Companion (live stream scores).
As reported by NBA.com on April 28, Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be filled to capacity for this matchup between the seventh-seeded (2-2) Memphis Grizzlies and the No.2 team in the Western Conference, the (2-2) Oklahoma City Thunder. Opening tipoff is slated for 9:40 p.m. ET (8:40 p.m. CT/6:40 p.m. PT) and it’s the only game on the NBA TV slate this evening.
For Memphis, a Washington Post report does a great job of illustrating what a team that barely sneaked into the postseason has done to make this a surprisingly long series. Grizzlies head coach David Joerger certainly deserves a lot of credit, as he’s been able to make the necessary adjustments to put his team in a position to win.
For Oklahoma City, Fred Katz of the LA Times questions how much Scott Brooks’ team will have left in the tank should they advance to the Western Conference semifinals. They’ve not only been forced into a prolonged first-round series, but the fact that they’ve looked so worn-out has to be concerning for the 2010 NBA Coach of the Year.
What can NBA playoffs fans expect to see when these teams clash in Game 5 tonight in OKC? If 2014 NBA playoffs oddsmakers are on their game, the Thunder will take a 3-2 lead against the Grizzlies with a single-digit ATS win.
Most point spreads around the world list Oklahoma City at -7, Memphis at +7, and the OVER/UNDER set at a combined total of 187 points. In addition, straight-up betting lines have the Thunder valued at -325 and Memphis as +280 underdogs. Finally, here are some interesting statistics that allows NBA aficionados to get a feel for how bettors see tonight’s game playing out:
Betting Activity Before NBA TV Scheduled Start Time
Memphis spread: 56 percent (1,017 units).
Oklahoma City spread: 44 percent (814 units).
Over bets: 72 percent (1,051 units).
Under bets: 28 percent (402 units).
ATS Trends Before NBA Free Live Stream Feed
Grizzlies are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Western Conference quarterfinals.
Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
Grizzlies are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games.
Thunder is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Thunder is 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Thunder is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games versus teams with winning percentages above .600.
Grizzlies-Thunder 2014 NBA Playoffs Buzzer-Beating Stats for Game 5
Home team is 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between Memphis and OKC.
Memphis is 8-3-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings with OKC.
Over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings at OKC.
Memphis is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings at OKC.