Preview: Oklahoma City At Memphis

When: 9:30 PM  ET, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
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OKC Edge in: MEM
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Tensions are running high with the Oklahoma City Thunder trailing Memphis in the Western Conference first-round series heading into Saturday’s crucial Game 4 on the Grizzlies’ home floor. Memphis recorded a 98-95 overtime victory on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is upset over criticism hurled his way. Making the task of evening the series tougher is the fact that Memphis has won 15 straight home games.

Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 30 points in Game 3 but Durant was 10-of-27 shooting – he missed all eight 3-point attempts – and Westbrook was just 9-of-26. “Nobody is perfect – not me, not Kevin, not anybody,” Westbrook told reporters on Friday. “You want your teammates to make shots but when the game is on the line, you’ve got to make decisions.” Memphis let a 17-point fourth quarter lead slip away before recovering to notch its second consecutive overtime victory. The Grizzlies are aiming to eliminate Oklahoma City for the second straight season.

TV:
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), SportSouth (Memphis)

ABOUT THE THUNDER: Durant is averaging 33 points in the series but made just 40 percent of his shots in the consecutive losses, while Westbrook shot 37 percent in the defeats despite averaging 27.3 points in the series. Another problem is that Westbrook has nearly as many turnovers (12) as assists (15) and having a shoot-first mentality isn’t helping matters when he’s 5-of-25 from 3-point range. “That’s how you get assists, if you make shots,” Durant told reporters. “I wouldn’t say we were just coming down shooting every time. We were aggressive, but we have to do a better job of getting guys easier shots. That falls on us two. Everything falls on us two.”

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES:
Veteran guard Beno Udrih was buried on the bench and played just 55 minutes after being acquired from the New York Knicks at the trading deadline. Things have changed in the postseason after Udrih was forced into the rotation due to Nick Calathes drawing a suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy. The 31-year-old is averaging 13 points on 11-of-14 shooting over the past two games, providing a huge lift off the bench in a series in which Oklahoma City is receiving nearly nothing of quality from its reserves. Udrih has done his damage over the last two games while playing an average of 14 minutes.

BUZZER BEATERS
 
1. The teams have played seven playoff overtime games since 2011 and Memphis has won six of them.

2. Thunder bench players Reggie Jackson (3-of-19 shooting while averaging five points), Caron Butler (4-of-16, four points) and Derek Fisher (4-of-11, 4.7 points) have been nonfactors in the series.

3. Memphis C Marc Gasol has yet to have a huge game in the series and is averaging 15.3 points and seven rebounds.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 95, Thunder 94

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 60-25 L2 35-8 25-17 36-10 24-15 11-5 37-18
Memphis 52-33 W2 28-14 24-19 5-5 47-28 4-12 31-24

Last Meeting

Oklahoma City Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/24/14 OKC 95 MEM 98 95 48 39.1 98 47 44.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC K. Durant 30 37.0 10
MEM M. Conley 20 57.1 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC R. Westbrook 13 4 9
MEM Z. Randolph 10 4 6
Assists Player  
OKC K. Durant 3
MEM Z. Randolph 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC K. Durant 2801 49.9 746
MEM Z. Randolph 1470 46.2 274
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC S. Ibaka 770 241 529
MEM Z. Randolph 850 283 567
Assists Player  
OKC K. Durant 485
MEM M. Conley 478

Quickchart Matchup

Oklahoma City  Off vs  Memphis Def
105.9 Points For
94.8 Points Against
46.9 FG%
44.8 FG%
44.9 Reb
39.5 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
96.2 Points For
99.8 Points Against
46.3 FG%
43.6 FG%
39.5 Reb
41.1 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Oklahoma City Overall Memphis
60-25 W/L 52-33
44-39-2 ATS 38-44-3
44-41-0 O/U 41-44-0
105.9 Pts For 96.2
99.8 Pts Against 94.8
Oklahoma City A/H Memphis
25-17 W/L 28-14
20-22-0 ATS 19-23-0
22-20-0 O/U 25-17-0
104.4 Pts For 98.7
101.1 Pts Against 96.0