May 15, 2013

NBA Odds – Thunder Tries to Fight off Elimination in Game 5 at Home

Some of those people who are customers with BetAnySports and are trying to conquer the NBA odds may be a bit surprised over the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is the #1 seed in the Western Conference, would be on the verge of elimination in Game 5 of their series against the Memphis Grizzlies. But the fact is that they have to win on Wednesday night or they are out of the running. Game time for this critical game is 9:35 PM ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Here is the matchup at a glance:

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
West Playoffs – Game 5 (Grizzlies lead 3-1)
Wednesday, May 15 – 9:35 PM ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City

The Thunder, playing without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, won the first game of this series, beating Memphis by two points. But the rough-and-tumble Grizzlies have won the last three contests and have a chance to advance and cause either the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs headaches in the next round.

In the NBA odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Thunder is a favorite in this desperate situation:

BetAnySports.comOklahoma City Thunder  -4.5
Memphis Grizzlies  +4.5

Over 185 Points  -110
Under 185 Points  -110

Thunder wins game  -190
Grizzlies win game  +165

Memphis is a team that emphasizes defense to a tremendous extent, and the Grizzlies have seen the results in their encounters with the Thunder. When you take a look at the recent history between these two, neither team has shot better than 43% in the last five meetings. That’s actually kind of incredible, and it plays right into Memphis’ hands. They are usually going to win the battle on the boards as well. The proof is in the pudding, as the Grizzlies have now covered eight of the last nine meetings, and all four games that have been played in this series. They are in command, and are priced at -700 to win the series in the NBA odds that are posted at BetAnySports.

What has been particularly impressive is the way the Grizzlies have taken care of the ball, turning it over just 39 points in the four games. In Game 5, which took place at the FedEx Forum, Memphis benefited from 13 offensive rebounds and thus overcame 40% shooting to win in overtime. They also never gave up, and that was a key. OKC was up 17 points at one juncture in the game, but Memphis battled back in the third quarter and had a chance to win in regulation, only to have Zach Randolph’s shot blocked by Serge Ibaka right before the buzzer. The Thunder scored only three points in the overtime period, and Kevin Durant made only two of his last 13 shots.

Marc Gasol and Randolph each scored 23 points in the game, while Mike Conley led the team with 24. Defense at the critical times was so important for the Grizzlies, who not only have the Defensive Player of the Year (Gasol) and the leading vote-getter on the league’s All-Defensive team (Tony Allen) but also a member of the All-Defensive second team in Conley. The Grizzlies, who are +750 to win the NBA title at BetAnySports, can be a viable match for the Spurs (up 3-2 against Golden State) up front, and with Conley and Allen in the backcourt, might be a tough nut for the Golden State duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry to crack.

In the one-on-one $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown (a simulation), we are going to respect the kind of matchup edges that have brought Memphis those eight covers it he last nine meetings, and we will be taking the points with this team, as well as considering a money line play, as the price is +165.

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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