The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder have gone above the betting total in 14 of their last 20 overall meetings, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Tuesday, as the two teams face off at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
NBA handicappers will find that the Thunder are 2.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 186 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at Game 2 of this Western Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.
The Memphis Grizzlies suffered a 93-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 3.5-point road underdogs in Game 1 Sunday, as they were outscored by a 29-18 margin in the fourth quarter.
NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 16-9 against the spread in their last 27 games when playing with revenge.
The Oklahoma City Thunder 2-5 straight up and 1-5-1 against the spread as home favorites of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 4-3 in that situation.
Total players will find that the OVER is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in this series when played in Oklahoma City.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NBA playoff picks Tuesday, as the OVER is 10-4-1 in the Oklahoma City Thunder's last 15 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
NBA Pick: Over 186
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