The Oklahoma City Thunder are 8-2 against the spread when playing at home and coming off a loss since the start of the regular season, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Wednesday, as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are 4.5-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 185 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at Game 5 of this Western Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the first-half total along the way.
The Memphis Grizzlies own a 3-1 series advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they picked up a 103-97 overtime win as five-point home favorites in Game 4 Monday night.
NBA handicappers will find that the Grizzlies are 9-1 against the spread in the postseason, with the OVER going 7-3 in those 10 contests.
Kevin Durant has scored 20 or more points in 36 consecutive playoff games, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are 0-4 against the spread in their current best-of-seven series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Thunder are 15-8 straight up and 13-10 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points, with the OVER going 13-10 in that situation.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the first-half total as one of their NBA picks Wednesday, as the OVER is 9-2 in the Oklahoma City Thunder's last 11 games when trailing in a playoff series.
NBA Pick: Over 93 First Half
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