NBA Playoff Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 1

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 4, 2013

NBA Playoff Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 1

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are 28-16 against the spread as home favorites since the start of the regular season, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Sunday, as they open up a best-of-seven series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are three-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 186.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way. 

Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies earned a 4-2 series win over the Los Angeles Clippers, picking up a 118-105 victory as six-point home favorites Friday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 8-13 straight up and 11-9-1 against the spread as road underdogs since the start of the regular season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder advanced past the Houston Rockets in six games in their Western Conference quarterfinal series, coming away with a 103-94 victory as one-point road favorites Friday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Thunder are 8-4 straight up and 7-4-1 against the spread in the second round of the NBA playoffs, with the OVER going 8-4 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Oklahoma City Thunder as one of their NBA playoff picks Sunday, as they've gone 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games versus teams with a winning road record.

    NBA Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3

     

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