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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions and Preview for 7/6/2022

Memphis Grizzlies takes on Oklahoma City Thunder on 7/6/2022 at 07:00 PM.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in an important game for both teams. Memphis Grizzlies has a record of 56-26 this regular season. Oklahoma City Thunder is 24-58 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 109.0 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.6, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .553 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .522, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .346 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .353 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .734 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

When they missed shots, they were able to get back 30.0% of them. They are among the best offensive rebounding teams in the NBA.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.8, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Offense Preview


They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 104.6 can certainly do that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .530 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .497, which is terrible. They attempt .419 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .323 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .756 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.8% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Memphis Grizzlies Roster

The Players to Watch for Memphis Grizzlies

Desmond Bane 6-5 215 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jaren Jackson Jr. 6-11 242 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Steven Adams 6-11 265 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He is strong when it comes to attacking the rim. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. Opponents need to be aware of his ability to grab offensive rebounds and find a way to neutralize it.

The Oklahoma City Thunder Roster

The Players to Watch for Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 6-6 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Darius Bazley 6-8 208 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Josh Giddey 6-8 210 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 104 Oklahoma City Thunder 118

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