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NBA Lines – Oklahoma City Thunder Host Memphis Grizzlies

Posted by Brett Nielson on 2/8/2011 7:25:37 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies are set to visit the Oklahoma City Thunder this NBA lines Tuesday.

(27-25) Memphis Grizzlies at (33-17) Oklahoma City Thunder
Live from Oklahoma City Arena – OK
Tipoff: 8:00 PM EST Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NBA Lines
Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5
Memphis Grizzlies +7.5
Total 205

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to reach their fourth four-game winning streak this NBA lines season.

Oklahoma City is coming off three straight victories, the last two on the road.

After defeating the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns two days later and the Utah Jazz this past Saturday, the Thunder are expecting an easy victory at home versus the Grizzlies.

The Thunder are averaging 104.6 points per game (5th in the NBA) and 1.3 points per shot (3rd), which is just 0.05 less than the league leading Denver Nuggets. 22-year-old small forward Kevin Durant currently leads the NBA in points per game with 29, averaging 9.5 field goals per game (2nd) with a 47.1 field goal percentage.

However, it has not been Durant alone carrying the Thunder over their past three NBA lines victories. On the contrary, the Oklahoma City’s sophomore point guard Russell Westbrook is the biggest reason for their recent success.

Westbrook led the team in scoring over the last two games netting 19 points against the Phoenix Suns and 33 versus the Utah Jazz.

During his last NBA lines matchup against the Jazz, Westbrook completed 10-of-15 field goal attempts (66.7%), all 4 of his 3-point shots, and 10 assists –reaching his 25th double double of the season.

I see no reason why Oklahoma City’s outstanding offense will fall short against Memphis mediocre defense, especially at Oklahoma City Arena where the Thunder are 18-7 this NBA lines season.

Marcello’s Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder: 118, Memphis Grizzlies: 101

Messina Mention: Russell Westbrook currently leads the NBA in triple doubles with 3, tied with only LeBron James.

NFL Expert Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (-7.5)

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