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NBA : ATS Matchup
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OKLAHOMA CITY (42 - 25) vs. MEMPHIS (32 - 37)
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Friday, 8/7/2020 4:00 PM
Visa Athletic Center - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games42-25+12.741-2531-35110.754.847.3%51.0108.054.045.4%51.8
Road Games22-12+16.525-915-19108.454.746.1%52.6106.852.945.1%52.1
Last 5 Games4-1+3.74-12-3111.856.446.4%56.2101.649.641.8%53.0
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.754.840-8547.3%10-2935.4%20-2579.8%51822198135
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8946.0%12-3435.9%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.454.739-8546.1%10-2934.8%20-2679.1%53821198135
Stats Against (All Games)108.054.041-9045.4%11-3333.9%15-1979.2%521023237134
vs opponents averaging112.156.341-8946.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.852.941-9045.1%11-3333.0%14-1877.9%521123237134

MEMPHIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-37+1434-3432-37112.755.646.9%54.8114.156.745.1%53.8
Road Games14-22+6.115-2017-19112.152.946.2%54.7115.357.545.7%54.1
Last 5 Games0-5-5.80-53-2114.056.645.5%52.2120.259.846.7%56.2
MEMPHIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.755.643-9146.9%11-3134.8%16-2276.2%551027218146
vs opponents surrendering11256.341-8946.3%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.152.942-9146.2%11-3235.0%17-2276.1%551026228145
Stats Against (All Games)114.156.741-9045.1%13-3536.5%20-2578.5%541025208145
vs opponents averaging111.856.241-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.5%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)115.357.541-9045.7%12-3337.1%21-2678.6%541025207146
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 96.4,  MEMPHIS 96.3
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/5/2020*LA LAKERS105-86W5W218.5U34-7943.0%601331-8835.2%5611
8/14/2020*LA CLIPPERS              

MEMPHIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/2/2020*SAN ANTONIO106-108L-3L236.5U42-9146.2%461236-8641.9%6516
8/3/2020*NEW ORLEANS99-109L4.5L236.5U37-9339.8%531337-8245.1%6514
8/7/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              
OKLAHOMA CITY: LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost 4-1 to Portland in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Billy Donovan (fifth season, 199-129).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Chris Paul (15.6 ppg with Houston), G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 with Los Angeles Clippers), F Danilo Gallinari (19.8 with Clippers), F Andre Roberson (5.0), C Steven Adams (13.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Russell Westbrook, F Paul George, G Jerami Grant, F Markieff Morris, F Patrick Patterson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari, Darius Bazley, Justin Patton, Mike Muscala. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Even though the Thunder will be widely expected to struggle this season, the backcourt of Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander ' assuming health ' is certainly good enough to help Oklahoma City contend for a postseason berth. It'll be interesting to see if Paul is energized by the trade, Gilgeous-Alexander is a budding young talent and Gallinari (coming off his best scoring season) is a veteran presence who fits very nicely into today's perimeter-based NBA game.
OUTLOOK: The Thunder went all-in on title-chasing in recent years, and now they're all-in on a reset after trading away Westbrook and George. But this isn't anywhere near a tank; there are plenty of good players on the Thunder roster, and GM Sam Presti has accumulated more than a dozen first-round picks over the next seven years to play with if he's inclined to make a big move. If they can trade Paul, which may still be an option despite the veteran's massive $44 million player option for the 2021-22 season, that would only add more pieces to Presti's plan for an OKC reload.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

MEMPHIS: LAST SEASON: 33-49, finished tied for 12th in Western Conference.
COACH: Taylor Jenkins (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F/C Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.8 ppg), G Ja Morant (rookie), C Jonas Valanciunas (15.6), G/F Dillon Brooks (7.5), F Jae Crowder (11.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Mike Conley, G Jevon Carter, G Delon Wright.
KEY ADDITIONS: Morant, G Grayson Allen, F Brandon Clarke, Crowder, G Marko Guduric, F Solomon Hill, G Tyus Jones, G/F Jon Konchar, G De'Anthony Melton, C Miles Plumlee.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jackson is fully recovered from the bruised right quadriceps muscle that limited his rookie season to 58 games, and the No. 4 pick overall in 2018 has even grown a little bit. Morant played his way into the No. 2 draft pick overall in June, and now the 6-3 guard will get to showcase his speed, passing skills and court vision surrounded by players closer to his talent level than he did in college at Murray State. Valanciunas earned an extension from Memphis and now must prove he can keep producing double-doubles regularly.
OUTLOOK: Marc Gasol and Conley both are gone, and it's up to Jackson and Morant to lead this rebuilding process for Memphis after the Grizzlies revamped the roster as much as possible in one offseason. This season may not be pretty at times, but at least the Grizzlies have hope for the future based on a duo they hope will become big stars. The franchise just may have to wait a couple seasons or more for a return to the postseason.
Grizzlies hoping to snap slump against Thunder

No games are a given in the NBA's restart.

Not with the teams near the bottom of the standings staying home instead of resuming their seasons.

But the Memphis Grizzlies' first four games of the eight scheduled to be played in the NBA bubble near Orlando looked to be an opportunity to put themselves in strong position to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

That hasn't happened, though, and now things get even more difficult.

Beginning with Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Grizzlies' schedule gets even tougher and their playoff hopes more precarious.

Memphis has dropped five consecutive games, including four in Florida. The Grizzlies (32-37) are still in eighth place in the Western Conference, but their margin for error is gone.

"We can't pay attention to that because that will lead to us trying to put pressure on ourselves, which we don't have to," Memphis point guard Ja Morant said. "We're learning from everything we're going through right now and still have four games to play.

"We're just going to attack those four games."

Memphis is coming off a 124-115 loss Wednesday against Utah in which things fell apart in the second quarter with a 22-1 Jazz run to take control.

"Guys got to look in the mirror and say, 'What can I do better? What can I focus on? What details do I need (to) improve on besides watch film?'" Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks said. "We're making minor mistakes, and they're costing us big. Guys got to realize that even though we're a young team."

The Thunder (42-25) are in the playoffs but are still fighting for position in a tight grouping from fourth to seventh in the conference.

Oklahoma City is 2-1 since the restart, including a decisive 105-86 win over the Lakers on Wednesday.

The Thunder weren't expected to be in the playoff picture, much less fighting for a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

But Oklahoma City is right there, thanks in large part to Chris Paul's performance, both on the court and in helping guide a young team which traded away its two stars last offseason.

"They probably get tired of me talking about it," Paul said of the postseason. "One of the things you learn about the playoffs is you want to make sure you have a team that feels like they can't be beat four out of seven times.

"We're just trying to build that identity."

Both teams are expected to be without their backup point guards.

Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder left the team for the birth of his second child and will have to sit out a quarantine period once he returns.

Memphis' Tyus Jones is closing in on a return after missing all four games of the return with knee soreness.

The Grizzlies and Thunder have split their two meetings this season, though they haven't played since December.

In the last meeting, Dec. 26, Jaren Jackson scored 20 to lead the Grizzlies to a 110-97 win. Jackson suffered a torn meniscus in Monday's loss to New Orleans and will miss the rest of the season.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/24/2020 5:52:28 PM EST

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