After two highly contested games in OKC, the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., will be filled to capacity to see of the Grizzlies can take a 2-1 lead on the visiting Thunder in tonight’s live streaming and televised game on TNT (national broadcast) and TNT Overtime (online). According to an NBA.com report on April 23, 2014, the home team should have a distinct advantage this evening as it tries to extend a franchise’s best 14-game (home) win streak.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. EST (7:10 p.m. CST/6:10 p.m. MST/5:10 p.m. PST). According to NBA oddsmakers at ESPN.com, the (1-1) Memphis Grizzlies will have to defy the odds in order to make it 15 straight victories in The River City tonight against the (1-1) Oklahoma City Thunder.
Las Vegas latest point spreads indicate that the road team, Thunder [-3], comes into Game 3 as the favorites to defeat the hosting Grizzlies [+3] by a bucket. The OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 195½ points and alternate (straight-up) betting lines go as follows: OKC [-145] vs. Memphis [+130].
A Thursday, April 24, report by Chris Herrington of ESPN states that the Thunder is without question the Grizzlies’ biggest rival. To prove his point, the author points to the fact that tonight’s game marks the 30th meeting between these clubs over the last four seasons.
Furthermore, Memphis, not Oklahoma City, holds a 15-14 edge in the head-to-head series, and some of the games have become instant classics. With six overtimes and the Grizzlies’ first-ever NBA playoff Game 7, there’s little doubt that these teams are among the best and most even matchups in the Western Conference.
However, there’s still a crucial game to be played this evening, and if NBA oddsmakers are correct, things will be knotted up at 15-15 by the end of the night. To illustrate how the general population foresees Game 3 playing out, here’s a look at some key stats for tonight’s showdown:
ATS Action Prior to Game 3 TV Start Time
OKC Thunder spread: 64 percent.
Memphis Grizzlies spread: 36 percent.
OVER wagers: 987 units.
UNDER wagers: 664 units.
Trends Prior to TNT Overtime Free Live Stream
Thunder are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 versus the NBA’s Southwest Division.
Thunder are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
Thunder are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss.
Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Western Conference quarterfinals games.
Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Grizzlies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
NBA Playoffs 2014: Thunder-Grizzlies Buzzer-Beating Stats
OVER is 5-1 in OKC’s last 6 road games against teams with home-winning percentages greater than .600.
UNDER is 6-2 in OKC’s last 8 games following a straight-up loss.
UNDER is 9-3 in OKC’s last 12 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
OVER is 4-1 in Memphis’ last 5 home games.
Under is 4-1 in Memphis’ last 5 versus the NBA’s Northwest Division.
Over is 4-1 in Memphis’ last 5 Western Conference quarterfinal games.