Thunder Could be Fun to Watch in Basketball Playoffs Betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Basketball playoffs betting will include the Oklahoma City Thunder and they should be a fun team to watch.

They conclude their regular season on Wednesday as they host Memphis in a game that can be seen on ESPN.  The Thunder are favored in their NBA betting regular season finale.

Basketball playoffs betting will list Oklahoma City as either the sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the Western Conference.  Memphis has won nine of the last 17 meetings between the two teams. Rudy Gay made the game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds remaining in the last meeting on Jan. 22 at Memphis to give the Grizzlies an 86-84 win.  The other matchup was a 102-94 Oklahoma City win, also in Memphis back in December. Kevin Durant led all scorers in that game with 32 points (10-of-22 FG) and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 23 points.

The Grizzlies and Thunder have split their last ten meetings overall although Oklahoma City has the 6-4 edge against the point spread.  Recently the Thunder really have the advantage, covering the last four.  The last three meetings were all in Memphis with the last game at Oklahoma City occurring over a year ago.  The Thunder won that game 114-102.

Memphis has been above .500 this season on the road in NBA betting. The Grizzlies can score as they are 6th in the league on offense but far too often they don’t play a lot of defense.  They could struggle to score in this contest against the Thunder since Oklahoma City plays solid defense.  Oklahoma City can also score, led by Kevin Durant who is on pace to win the NBA scoring title this season.

The Thunder are 21-19 this season at home vs. the point spread.  This game is their regular season finale and it might not matter in terms of their seeding. It all depends upon other results. The Thunder could finish 6th, 7th or 8th heading into basketball playoffs betting.  Whether or not they rest players for this finale is a question that has to be answered before making a wager on the game.  Check the starting lineup for this game just before game time. The Thunder will still probably be favored since they are at home. They also have a lot of young players who are talented enough that they can beat Memphis anyway.

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