Thunder Rolls Into Memphis On Monday

Monday, March 25, 2019 2:33 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019 2:33 PM UTC

The Thunder have gotten back on track and hope to rise up the Western Conference Standings.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Oklahoma City (43-30 SU, 37-36 ATS) at Memphis (29-44 SU, 34-38-1 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday 8 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Thunder ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Heritage" target="_blank">Heritage</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569049, "sportsbooksIds":[169,999991,238,999996,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">For much of the season, the Thunder have been carried by their defense. But over the last two weeks, as Westbrook has put together a historic streak of triple-doubles, Oklahoma City's offense has been carrying the load, with Westbrook at the center of it. Thursday, the <a href="" target="_blank">Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies</a> with Westbrook looking to become just the second player in NBA history to record eight consecutive triple-doubles.</p><p dir="ltr">During the streak, Westbrook has averaged 14.4 assists per game and less than three 3-point attempts. In his first 38 games of the season, Westbrook averaged 10.5 assists and nearly five 3-point tries, despite making just 24.2 percent. He's driving to the basket more and creating looks for teammates, including George, who is averaging 35.9 points per game during Westbrook's streak.</p><p dir="ltr">The Thunder find themselves in a precarious position as they are just three games out of third place in the Western Conference playoff race, yet are also only a half a game above the eighth seed. This game represents a critical point in the Thunder season as the Thunder keep trying to rotate different wing players into their lineup to replace the injured Andre Roberson, but none of those options seem to be the answer.</p><p>Terrance Ferguson is a promising prospect but is too frail to compete on the defensive end and his jumpshot is too inconsistent to be relied on. Alex Abrines has the size to compete defensively but lacks the foot speed to keep up with opposing shooting guards. Luckily for the Thunder, they face one of the weakest casts in the entire league in the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis has been deprived of quality wing players all season and is a large part of why the Grizzlies are essentially throwing in the towel on the rest of the season.</p><p>The Thunder are 20-18 ATS on the road this season, and they are more than capable of <a href="" target="_blank">covering the six point spread</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Dennis Schröder on &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@sportsanimal&lt;/a&gt; after dropping 26 off the bench.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;\"We competed and got our swag back.\" &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 23, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p>
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