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The Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder have really played a fantastic series for NBA betting fans. The Grizz are on the ropes right now though, as they are facing a do or die situation on their home court at the FedEx Forum. Here at Cappers Info, we’re all set to make our NBA picks for the biggest playoff game on Friday night!
NBA Playoffs Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies Game 6
Date: Friday, May 13th, 9:00 ET
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Game Line: Memphis -2
Thunder Notes: Kendrick Perkins really made a statement to the rest of his teammates on Wednesday night with a big time win in Game 5. He really wasn’t happy with the way that the Thunder celebrated their big time way, and he called his team out as if they hadn’t accomplished anything yet — after all, Oklahoma City is still only through seven of the 16 games that it needs to win to win an NBA title. The pace of Game 5 was played right at the clip that Perkins would have wanted in his days with the Boston Celtics. Perkins only accounted for five points and three boards in the game, but he also played absolutely fantastic defense the entire game. Nazr Mohammed also had a ton of issues trying to make an impact in this series before this, but in Game 5, he really shined and proved that he was worth the trade at the deadline. Mohammed scored 10 points and had six rebounds. Ironically, this was a game in which Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant really didn’t do a heck of a lot. Westbrook only took 10 shots, which is a far cry from what we are used to from the rest of this series. He scored 11 points, while Durant had 19 points and seven rebounds. Instead, men like Nick Collison (9 points, 10 rebounds) and Daequan Cook (18 points) really stepped up to the plate to pick up the slack. When it was all said and done though, the team shot 47.4 percent from the field, knocked down nine out of 20 shots from three point land, had 50 boards, and forced 14 turnovers, numbers which are all absolutely fantastic.
Grizzlies Notes: The Grizzlies played their hearts out in the first four games of this series, but Game 5 was just downright ugly. Sure, the defense against Durant and Westbrook was great, but when push came to shove, the offense was really just an atrocity. There’s no excuse in this league to shoot just 35.9 percent from the floor in any game, and to make matters worse, connecting on 60.9 percent of your foul shots is every bit as bad. Memphis has struggled all series with its long range shooting, but on this night when it went just 2-of-8, the inside forces just weren’t there to clean up the mess. Both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have had great series, and they are the first tandem since the 1970s to each have games of 20+ points and 20+ boards in the same series. However, in Game 5, Gasol had just 15 points and five rebounds, while Z-Bo had nine points and seven rebounds — not to mention five fouls. There wasn’t a player on the team that was above the Mason-Dixon Line in the scoring effort while on the court. No one aside from Gasol reached double digits in scoring, and only Randolph had more than five rebounds. Obviously, it goes without saying that the Grizzlies have to play better than this to win Game 6 and to keep their season alive. Scoring 20 points or fewer in all four quarters isn’t going to get the job anywhere near done.
The Final Word: The Thunder know that they have the Grizz right where they want them. If the hardnosed antics of this team can keep up, Memphis is in a heck of a lot of trouble. Oklahoma City clearly has the better side right now, and we aren’t so sure that this game won’t be a pretty big romp as Game 5 was.
Free NBA Playoffs Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder +2
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City 90 – Memphis 76