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2013 Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs Series Predictions

May 25th, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on 2013 Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs Series Predictions
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San Antonio SpursThe 2013 NBA playoffs are set to continue, and today at Bankroll Sports, we are going to be keeping a close eye on the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies. These two should be going at it in a great set of battles, and we are going to have our NBA playoffs predictions and scores update on a nightly basis for this and all of the great series throughout the playoffs. Check back to this page often, as we will be updating our final scores and our series analysis so you can make the most informed NBA picks every step of the way in this series.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff Schedule

Spurs Win Series 4-0

Game 1: Memphis Grizzlies 83 – San Antonio Spurs 105
Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies 89 – San Antonio Spurs 93 (OT)
Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 104 – Memphis Grizzlies 93 (OT)
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs 93 – Memphis Grizzlies 87

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Grizzlies vs. Spurs Series Update
Game 1: One of these teams clearly had a heck of a lot of experience. One of these teams looked shellshocked. The Grizzlies were hoping for better in their first ever game in the Western Conference Finals, but they fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter and never had a shot of getting back in the game. F Zach Randolph only scored two points for the night, while he and C Marc Gasol both ended up with just seven rebounds. San Antonio had 14 three-point shots, and in spite of the fact that the tempo was played at the pace that Memphis would have wanted, San Antonio still dropped gobs of points on the board. Five players scored in double figures for the Spurs, led by G Tony Parker’s 20. Spurs 105 – Grizzlies 83 (Spurs Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: Once again, the Grizzlies played the game that they wanted to play in Game 2 of this series, but they just weren’t able to do enough to get the win in OT. San Antonio only managed 24 points in the first and fourth quarters combined, and it coughed up a 12-point lead in the fourth before ultimately finishing the job in OT. The Grizzlies pulled down 60 rebounds in the game, but they only shot 34.0 percent from the floor. All five starters for San Antonio scored in double figures. G Tony Parker had 15 points and a whopping 18 assists, the most that any player has had in a single postseason game. He also only had two turnovers. Spurs 93 – Grizzlies 89 (Spurs Lead Series 2-0)

Game 3: Turnovers. Get used to hearing that word. San Antonio turned the ball over a ton in the first quarter, and in an interview between stanzas, Head Coach Gregg Popovich literally only used the word “turnovers” twice, and they were the only two words out of his mouth in the entire interview. Alas, those turnovers went away over the course of the next 20 minutes of game time or so, and as a result, the Spurs took a 17-point deficit in a game that could have gotten away from them and turned it into a lead. The Grizz fought back in the final few minutes of the game to force overtime, but for the second straight game, the defense for San Antonio clamped down and the nerves were too much for Memphis to overcome. This young team just doesn’t have the goods to beat the big boys. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan combined for 50 points, while Manu Ginobili came off of the bench to score 19 for the Spurs. Mike Conley had 20 to lead all scorers for the Grizzlies, but after the first quarter, he cooled off dramatically, and he ended the day with five turnovers and just 8-of-21 shooting from the field. This series is all over but the crying. Spurs 104 – Grizzlies 93 (OT) (Spurs Lead Series 3-0)

Game 4: The Spurs had to think that they were going to be in a bit of a fight from the Grizzlies in Game 4 of this series, but alas, Memphis looked like a team that had it right out of the blocks. San Antonio won the first quarter by 10 points, it scored at least 20 points in all four quarters, and it held down the Grizzlies to just 14 points in that opening quarter. It all wasn’t enough for Memphis. It was a magical season for sure, but the only man that really overachieved was Quincy Pondexter, who scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Zach Randolph was rather MIA, and he and Marc Gasol only shot 9-of-25 between them. Tony Parker starred for the Spurs, knocking down 15-of-21 shots from the field and all six of his free throws to tally a game-hugh 37 points. Everything else fell into place for the Western Conference champs to move onto the Finals for the fifth time in the Tim Duncan era. Spurs 93 – Grizzlies 86 (Spurs Win Series 4-0)

2013 Grizzlies vs. Spurs Series Preview

If you like your defensive basketball, you’re coming to the right place. The San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies are going to be going to battle, and they should be playing some awfully low scoring series. The two know that this is going to be a brutal set of up to seven games, and NBA betting fans should know just how great of a series this has the potential to be. Even the oddsmakers, who have San Antonio as a -145 favorite on the NBA series odds, know how great this series will be.

The Grizzlies are almost like the bastard children of these playoffs. They don’t play flashy basketball, and they don’t have any care in the world about it. The team is allowing 92.4 points per game in the playoffs, and that number came down to 89.6 points per game in the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were one of the best teams in the league offensively this season. Granted, we know that Memphis has gotten some help, as men like G Chris Paul, F Blake Griffin, and most importantly, G Russell Westbrook have gotten hurt along the way. However, this is a team that has most certainly earned its way to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Remember that Memphis traded F Rudy Gay during the regular season as well. Just that alone is a wow factor that will not be forgotten. F Zach Randolph and C Marc Gasol took over in the second round against Oklahoma City. They are now averaging 38.0 points and 17.2 rebounds per game between them in the playoffs. G Mike Conley Jr. was good for nearly a triple-double every single night in the second round, and he is now averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game in the playoffs.

The Spurs had no troubles whatsoever getting past the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, but they had a significantly harder time getting through the Golden State Warriors in the second round. We don’t know whether it was a matter of coming out flat or a matter of getting used to the pace of this series, but in the second round, Golden State held the control of the tempo in those first two games. When the series shifted back to Oakland though, Head Coach Gregg Popovich almost seemed like he “figured it out,” and when that happened, the series was over with. G Tony Parker and F Tim Duncan are combining to score 41.1 points per game in the playoffs, and that’s after basically never having to play in the last six minutes of any game in the first round against LA. San Antonio is calling upo nine difference players to play at least 11 minutes per game in these playoffs, and Popovich is going to continue to utilize his entire bench to get the job done.

This has been a heck of a series all season long. Two of the four games went to overtime and the most recent meeting in the beginning of April was decided by a single bucket. The home team went 4-0 SU in the four games this year, but the hosts also only went 2-2 ATS in those outings. We do think that the Grizzlies are going to be able to steal a game in this series in San Antonio, but we don’t think that the Spurs are ultimately going to be denied. We think that this series will play out just like the second round series against Golden State when the Warriors won a game in San Antonio and then ultimately ran away with the series.

Spurs vs. Grizzlies Series Prediction: San Antonio Spurs in 6

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Grizzlies vs. Thunder NBA Playoffs Predictions & Series Picks

May 15th, 2013 by Jason Richards | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on Grizzlies vs. Thunder NBA Playoffs Predictions & Series Picks
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Thunder vs. GrizzliesThe Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies will be playing in what should be a tight series in the Western Conference Semifinals. Join us here at Bankroll Sports, as we look at the Grizzlies vs. Thunder series schedule, as well as many our series predictions for what should be one of the top series to pay attention to in the second round of the playoffs.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Playoff Schedule

Grizzlies Win Series 4-1

Game 1: Memphis Grizzlies 91 – Oklahoma City Thunder 93
Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies 99 – Oklahoma City Thunder 93
Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder 81 – Memphis Grizzlies 87
Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder 97 – Memphis Grizzlies 103 (OT)
Game 5: Memphis Grizzlies 88 – Oklahoma City Thunder 84

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Grizzlies vs. Thunder Series Updates
Game 1: The Grizzlies had every chance in the world to get the first game of this series, but it was F Kevin Durant that managed to take over and win the game in the fourth quarter. Memphis blew a 10-point lead in the second half, and that isn’t going to cut it in this series. Durant scored 35 points with 15 boards and six assists, and though the rest of the team only had seven assists in total, getting 25 points from G Kevin Martin really helped. Both F Zach Randolph and C Marc Gasol had double-doubles for the Grizz, but it wasn’t enough in the end. G Quincy Pondexter missed the first of three free throws that would have sent the game to overtime, and he was forced to miss the third foul shot to try to tie the game, but Memphis wasn’t able to get another shot off. Thunder 93 – Grizzlies 91 (Thunder Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: For the second straight game, the Thunder and the Grizzlies came right down to the wire, and the end result was a very close game that could have gone either way. This time around though, it was G Mike Conley Jr. who came through in a huge way, scoring 26 points with 10 boards and nine assists to lead the way for the Grizz. Memphis continues to have its way on the glass, winning that battle 43-35 on the day, including going +8 on the offensive boards. Oklahoma City turned the ball over 21 times in the game as well, and that really erased the fact that F Kevin Durant scored 36 points with 11 rebounds and nine dimes. Grizzlies 99 – Thunder 93 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3: Though the Thunder ultimately lost by six points and didn’t cover the NBA odds in this one, they really were unlucky to not win this game. Oklahoma City didn’t score a single point in the final two and a half minutes of the game, and F Kevin Durant went the final three and a half minutes with a score. Durant once again got his points with 25, and he led the team in rebounds (11) and assists (5). However, the rest of the team had a total of just five assists, and as we have said all postseason long since G Russell Westbrook got hurt, that isn’t going to cut it. There weren’t any truly flashy stats for the Grizz in this one, as their leader was C Marc Gasol with 20 points and nine rebounds. However, in the end, the shots were falling for Memphis, and they weren’t for Oklahoma City. It was a great defensive game that could have easily gone either way. Grizzlies 87 – Thunder 81 (Grizzlies Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: This is most certainly the one that the Thunder let get away. They were up 17 points in the second quarter of Game 4 on the road, and those are the types of games that you just can’t let slip in a best-of-seven series when you have already let home court advantage get out of your hands. The Thunder just couldn’t buy a shot in the second half and in overtime, and they scored jsut a total of 41 points in the final 29 minutes of the game. F Kevin Durant had 27 points, seven assists, and seven boards, and the difference in this one is that the team actually helped him out a bit. Four others scored in double figures, and G Reggie Jackson even had eight assists to go with his 15 points. Still, it was the power of the “big three” for the Grizzlies that got the job done. C Marc Gasol and F Zach Randolph both scored 23 points and had double-doubles, while G Mike Conley Jr. scored 24 to lead the way for Memphis. Now, the Grizzlies are a win away from the Western Conference Finals. Grizzlies 103 – Thunder 97 (OT) (Grizzlies Lead Series 3-1)

Game 5: For the first time in the playoffs, F Kevin Durant had a bad game, and the end result was his team’s elimination from the playoffs. Sure, Durant scored 21 points, but he only shot 5-of-21 from the field, and he didn’t make a three-point basket all game long. Oklahoma City shot just 36.9 percent from the field, and it ended up committing 25 fouls over the course of the game as well. Meanwhile, it was more of the same for the Grizz. F Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 boards, while G Mike Conley Jr., in spite of his bad shooting night, still had 13 points, 11 assists, and seven boards. Memphis is off to its first conference finals in team history, and for the second time in these playoffs, it has a four-game winning streak. Grizzlies 88 – Thunder 84 (Grizzlies Win Series 4-1)

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2013 Grizzlies vs. Thunder Series Preview

Had you told an NBA expert handicapper two weeks ago that the Thunder would be underdogs in the Western Conference Semifinals, they would have told you that you were insane. After all, Oklahoma City was up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets and looked poised to move onto this round with ease. However, what we found out over the course of these last few games is that the team isn’t ready to win a title without G Russell Westbrook in the fold.

Westbrook is now out for the rest of the playoffs after going through some knee surgery just before Game 3 against the Rockets. Perhaps Houston was a better team than we all gave it credit for, but the truth of the matter is that F Kevin Durant isn’t a point guard. He is trying to do the job, as he led the team in assists in the first round, averaging 7.0 per game. Of course, he was also second on the team in rebounding at 7.8 boards per game and easily the leading scorer at 32.5 points per game as well. The question is going to be whether G Reggie Jackson can make up for what Westbrook is no longer bringing to the table. We do give credit to Jackson for averaging 14.0 points per game in the opening round and shooting 46.2 percent from the field, but he hasn’t been a key ball distributor, and that’s what the team really needs at the moment.

Memphis is actually the slight favorite for the time being, and many think that it might not just win this series, but win it with ease. The club actually won the final four games of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the favored Los Angeles Clippers, though we do have to recognize the fact that three of those four games were at home at the FedEx Forum. The Grizz play suffocating defense, and they held the Clips down to just 91.0 points per game in the last five games of the series. It was the offense that shined that was a bit shocking. Memphis only scored triple digits in one of its 13 games prior to Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs. In the last three games though, the team scored 104, 103, and 118 points. F Zach Randolph, G Mike Conley, and C Marc Gasol all averaged at least 17.3 points per game for the team this year, and if that’s the way that these three are going to play for the whole postseason, the Grizzlies might be legitimate contenders to win the whole enchilada.

Recent history is on the side of the Grizzlies. They have won three of the last four meetings, though they only went 2-2 ATS in those games. The one failure came in March when they won 90-89 in overtime as a 1 ½-point favorite. Remember that all of those games came with both Durant and Westbrook in the fold. We might be overreacting to what we saw in that series against Houston, but the argument could have been made that the Thunder should have been beaten 4-1 in that first round series. We think that will be approximately the final score of this series as well. We want the Grizzlies on our side, even as the short favorites against a team that won 60 games in the regular season.

Grizzlies vs. Thunder Series Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies in 5

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers Playoffs Predictions

May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers Playoffs Predictions
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Grizzlies vs. ClippersConsider this page your one stop shop for all things related to the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA playoffs series! These two teams are going to be squaring off in what should be a fantastic first round playoff series, and regardless of whether you are looking for a series preview, our Grizzlies vs. Clippers predictions, the NBA playoffs series prices for the Grizzlies and Clippers, or just an up to date listing of all of the final scores with recaps of all of the games, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to bookmaker this page if you’re a fan of either of these teams, or if you’re just a generic NBA fan, but this is your official handicapping home of the Grizzlies vs. Clippers series.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Playoff Schedule

Grizzlies Win Series 4-2

Game 1: Memphis Grizzlies 91 – Los Angeles Clippers 112
Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies 91 – Los Angeles Clippers 93
Game 3: Los Angeles Clippers 82 – Memphis Grizzlies 94
Game 4: Los Angeles Clippers 83 – Memphis Grizzlies 104
Game 5: Memphis Grizzlies 103 – Los Angeles Clippers 93
Game 6: Los Angeles Clippers 105 – Memphis Grizzlies 118

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Grizzlies vs. Clippers Series Update

Game 1: This figured to be a close game the whole way, but a fourth quarter surge really gave the Clippers the advantage. LA outscored the Grizzlies 37-22 in the final stanza to take a close game and put it away. G Chris Paul scored 23 for the hosts, and he was one of the seven players that scored in double digits on the night. Clippers 112 – Grizzlies 91 (Clippers Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: G Mike Conley Jr. has a tough draw in this series, as he has to play against G Chris Paul. CP3 had a great game, scoring 24 points and dishing out nine assists, but Conley had the answers in this game, scoring 28 points to outdo his counterpart. Four of the five starters for the Grizz were able to get into double figures in scoring, but it wasn’t enough to contain the Clips. CP3 drove into the lane and knock down a shot as time expired to send LA to a potentially series saving victory. Clippers 93 – Grizzlies 91 (Clippers Lead Series 2-0

Game 3: It was back to basics for the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. In a game that they absolutely had to have, they held LA down to just 26 field goals for the game. The clips didn’t score more than 23 points in a single quarter, and that’s the way that the Grizz intend to keep it. F Zach Randolph had his best game of the series to date, scoring 27 points and pulling in 11 boards to help lead the team to a crucial victory in Game 3. Grizzlies 94 – Clippers 82 (Clippers Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: Not surprisingly, we saw the Memphis defense come up with another huge game to frustrate the heck out of the Clippers to level this series at two games apiece. The Grizz were dominating in the paint, getting 24 points from both C Marc Gasol and F Zach Randolph. G Mike Conley Jr. probably had his most efficent game of the series. He knocked down two of his three long range attempts, and he had 13 assists against just two turnovers to go with his 15 points scored. The Clips shot jsut 41.0 percent from the field and 19.0 percent from long range, and the 19 points from both G Chris Paul and F Blake Griffin didn’t get the job done. Grizzlies 104 – Clippers 83 (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5: You couldn’t have drawn up a more disastrous sixth game of this series for the Clippers. They lost F Blake Griffin and G Chris Paul in the game to various injuries, and they ultimately were beaten by 10 by Memphis, losing for the third straight game to take what was a 2-0 series lead and turn it into a 3-2 series deficit. CP3 did his part, scoring 35 points and playing through a thumb injury, but he was literally all this offense had going. The Grizzlies only committed seven turnovers for the game, and C Marc Gasol, F Zach Randolph, and G Mike Conley Jr. each scored at least 20 points. Memphis is on the verge of knocking off the Clips now, and no one figured that we would have been in this position seven days ago. Grizzlies 103 – Clippers 93 (Grizzlies Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: Head Coach Vinny Del Negro had to think that scoring 105 points would be good enough to get this series back to Tinseltown for Game 7. Alas, it was not nearly meant to be. G Chris Paul played his heart out, scoring 28 points with eight assists to at least leave his team with a chance. F Blake Griffin came off of the bench, but he was only able to play 14 minutes in the game and managed just nine points. F Matt Barnes scored 30 and pulled down 10 boards in the biggest game of his season. However, the Grizzlies shot 50.7 percent from the field and hit a whopping 38 foul shots. Seven players scored at least 10 points in this game. It wasn’t prototypical Memphis basketball, but the Grizzlies got the job done and are now in the second round of the playoffs. Grizzlies 118 – Clippers 105 (Grizzlies Win Series 4-2)

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Last season, the Clippers and the Grizzlies battled it out for seven harsh games, and in the end, LA was able to go on the road in Game 7 and win by 10 points after losing Games 5 and 6. Now, the Grizz are out for some revenge. This is going to be a tremendous defensive series, and we know that it is going to be difficult for either of these teams to get into even the 90s.

The Grizzlies are going to have to go on the road in this series to open things up, which is the opposite of what happened last year. F Rudy Gay is now gone as well after getting traded at the deadline, and the team really hasn’t replaced his scoring prowess. The offense often runs through the boys in the paint, as both F Zach Randolph and C Marc Gasol. G Mike Conley has had the best year of his career, averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. The problem? Beyond these three men, there isn’t another man that is averaging even nine points per game, though we have seen G Jerryd Bayless come on strong at the end of the campaign.

The Clippers broke their team record for the most wins in franchise history this year, and they clearly have as good of a team as they have ever had. There are five double digit point scorers that are in the fold and are tremendous contributors to the club. F Blake Griffin probably underachieved just a bit, averaging 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, but G Chris Paul really picked up for the slack. CP3 was the second leading scorer on the team at 16.9 points per game, and he was a great distributor as well with 9.7 assists per game. Five players on the team managed more than a steal a game. Five players averaged at least 10 points per game, and three more averaged at least 6.2 points per game that were regulars in the rotation. If G Chauncey Billups could really get back in the fold and play like he did in the last game of the regular season against the Sacramento Kings when he scored 17 points, this could become a very, very dangerous team.

Home court advantage might not mean as much in this series as you would like to think. The road team actually won three of the four meetings this season, while two of those games were won by double digits. The underdog is now 5-1 SU and ATS in the last six games in this series dating back to the end of the playoffs last year. The Clips went 3-1 SU and ATS in this series this year. LA is a better team than it was a year ago, while Memphis is probably just a bit worse than it was. There will be some ugly games in this series, but in the end, the Clippers are the team that will come out on top.

Clippers vs. Grizzlies Series Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers in 6

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NBA Playoff Betting Trends: Oklahoma City Thunder/Memphis Grizzlies

April 30th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on NBA Playoff Betting Trends: Oklahoma City Thunder/Memphis Grizzlies
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Two teams that weren’t in the best on shape on the NBA Finals odds just a week ago are both smiling and sitting pretty right now. The Oklahoma City Thunder have to love this matchup against a bunch of Memphis Grizzlies that just have to be happy to still be alive after becoming the fourth No. 8 seed to ever upset a No. 1 in the first round of the playoffs.

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Series Trends and History
The Thunder have to be a bit scared over how poorly they actually played in this season series. All of the meetings came from the beginning of January through the beginning of March, which at least should let OKC’s NBA betting fans relax just a bit knowing that Kendrick Perkins wasn’t in the fold for any of the games. Still, the Grizzlies came here to the Ford Center back in February and posted a 105-101 win in overtime as 7.5 point underdogs, and they went 3-1 SU and ATS in the season series.

The bad news for Memphis bettors though, is that this is the only time since 2008 that the Grizzlies have either won or covered a game in the Sooner State, something that doesn’t bode well for the rest of this series.

Keys to the Series
Key 1: Containing Durant – There are no two ways around this fact: Kevin Durant is really, really, really good. Amongst players that are still left standing — and there are a heck of a lot of good ones out there — none are averaging more points per game in the second season than the 32.4 that the former Texas Longhorn is putting on the board. Of course, this did come against a Denver Nuggets team that really was never all that great defensively, but that’s still a huge number that cannot be ignored. There really aren’t great defensive matchups for Durant in this series either for Memphis, which means that the key to slowing Durant might be forcing him into bad situations and matchups defensively.

Key 2: Heart and Hustle – Ah yes, the old slogan of the Orlando Magic from back in the day… The Grizzlies have sort of adopted that right now, as they don’t have the talent to match up with some of the best teams in the Western Conference even with Rudy Gay in the fold, let alone when he’s out nursing an injury. Memphis was able to beat the San Antonio Spurs by taking control of the hustle stats in the game and simply outworking them. That’s what it will need to do again in this series. The problem though, is that the Thunder have a team that is much more suited to play well in this situation. Oklahoma City certainly got a lot tougher with Perkins and Nazr Mohammad on the court, and that could make all the difference, not just in this series, but in the rest of the playoffs as well.

Key 3: Believing – Neither one of these teams has ever been to this point, and there really isn’t a heck of a lot of playoff experience on either side. The team that might beat the NBA series odds could be the one that believes that it deserves to be in the Western Conference Finals and believes that it will beat either the Dallas Mavericks or the Los Angeles Lakers. We don’t really know what the Grizzlies have in this department after beating the Spurs last round, but we know that Durant and Russell Westbrook are never short on confidence.