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NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Game 3

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 10, 2013

NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Game 3

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are 38-17 against the spread in their last 55 opportunities following a straight-up loss, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Saturday when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are five-point road underdogs 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 3 of this Western Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their grip on home-court advantage in this best-of-seven series, as they suffered a 99-93 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies as 2.5-point favorites Tuesday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Thunder are 13-7 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    The Memphis Grizzlies have a great opportunity to take a 2-1 series lead in this best-of-seven series, as power forward Zach Randolph is averaging 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds at home in the 2013 NBA playoffs.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 9-2 straight up and against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points since the start of the regular season.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Oklahoma City Thunder as one of their NBA playoff picks Saturday, as the road team has covered the number in eight of the last nine overall meetings in this series.

    NBA Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +5

     

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