After six hard-fought games, it’s only fitting that the 2014 NBA playoffs series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the OKC Thunder comes down to a decisive Game 7. As reported by NBA.com on May 3, TNT will handle TV broadcasting duties tonight, while NBA League Pass (live stream) and NBA TV Companion will stream the action and scores online.
With home-court advantage on their side, the (3-3) Oklahoma City Thunder will have the luxury of being at home for this first-round series finale. Nevertheless, having already won two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., the (3-3) Memphis Grizzlies come in feeling confident about their chances.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. EST (7:10 p.m. CST/5:10 p.m. PST) following the conclusion of Game 7 between the Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers. According to 2014 NBA playoffs oddsmakers, the OKC Thunder (-9½) are nine-and-a-half point favorites this evening against the Memphis Grizzlies (+9½) and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 185 points.
But if this series has been so close, why is there such a huge disparity in the ATS spread for the series finale? As reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN on May 3, the Grizzlies may have to try and win tonight’s game without the services of four key players.
According to Brian Windhorst, Memphis has an injured point guard (Mike Conley), two suspended players (Zach Randolph and Nick Calathes), and Tony Allen is doubtful for tonight. Thus, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger is projected lean on (PF) Ed Davis, (PG) Beno Udrih and (SG) James Johnson tonight.
Can the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies go into OKC and hand the Thunder their most disappointing loss in franchise history? Here’s a look at some interesting statistics that show how the betting public is approaching this pivotal Game 7:
ATS Action Prior to TV Scheduled Start Time
Memphis spread: 58 percent.
Oklahoma City spread: 42 percent.
OVER wagers: 67 percent.
UNDER wagers: 33 percent.
Basketball Trends Prior to NBA Live Stream Online
Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Grizzlies are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
Thunder is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games.
Thunder is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Thunder is 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 home games.
2014 NBA Playoffs Buzzer-Beating Stats for Game 7
OVER is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Memphis is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
OVER is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Memphis is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.