NBA Odds: Grizzlies and Thunder Game 7

By: Willie Bee | Saturday, May 14, 2011

The waiting game has been extended for the Dallas Mavericks.

A seventh game will be needed to decide who the Mavs' opponent will be in the Western Conference Finals after the Memphis Grizzlies coasted past the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, 95-83.

Oklahoma City Arena will host the first Game 7 of this NBA postseason on Sunday with the contest tipping a little after 12:30 p.m. (PT).  ABC's cameras will be on hand to deliver the action to the masses.

Opening numbers on the Don Best odds screen have the Thunder laying 6½ points and -300 on the money line.  Sunday's total started at 193, the lowest scoreboard tally of the series.

For much of the first half of Game 6, it didn't look like this series would be going to a seventh game.  Oklahoma City took a 10-point lead into the locker room before Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies erased that deficit with a dominating final 24 minutes when they outscored the Thunder, 51-29.

Randolph led all scorers once again with 30 points, 20 in the second half, adding 13 boards to give him his fourth 30-10 effort of the postseason.  OJ Mayo got a rare start and responded with 16 points for the Grizzlies.

While Randolph and Memphis were once again controlling the paint, Kevin Durant and the Thunder struggled.  Durant scored a season-low 11 points, hitting just three field goals and shooting 1-for-9 from 3-point range.  The NBA's leading scorer was blanked in the final quarter, missing all four tries from outside the arc.

Two-point home chalk in the contest, Memphis leveled the spread records for the series at 3-3.  The second consecutive 'under' also evened up the totals column at 3-3.

Oklahoma City is not going to win Game 7 by beating Memphis in the paint.  The Grizzlies were the inside-scoring champs of the NBA during the regular season (51.5 PPG) and completely dominated the Thunder in that facet of the game while taking three of the four head-to-head meetings during the regular season.

Still, the Thunder will have to do a better job at challenging the Grizz inside, meaning head coach Scott Brooks will need better efforts from his two big men, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka.

Oklahoma City is also not going to advance to the conference finals with another 11-point performance from Durant.  The 4th-year forward has gone ice cold from 3-point land since opening on fire from long range in the first four games of the conference quarterfinals against Denver.

Durant has converted just 3-of-19 long range attempts the last three games against Memphis, though several of his late heaves from behind the line in Game 6 came with the game already lost.

Neither team is reporting any new injuries heading into Sunday's battle.

Whoever comes out on top Sunday isn't likely to have much time to celebrate with all signs pointing to a Tuesday matchup in Dallas against the Mavericks.

 
 
 
 
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