Found January 31, 2013 on
Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors
The Memphis Grizzlies, playing for the first time after trading away Rudy Gay, get set to face the Thunder in Oklahoma City tonight. While the Gay swap for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, and Austin Daye saves the tea money and improves depth in the long-run, they’ll be fairly depleted in tonight’s match-up.
AccuScore has the Thunder as heavy favorites with 87.3 percent chance at getting the win. They also have nearly a 62 percent chance of covering the -9.5 spread. The average score after 10,000 simulations is 102-89. While the over/under percentages are fairly equal, keep in mind that the total has gone over in 11 of Memphis’s last 13 games when playing on the road against OKC. The Thunder are also 15-1 straight up in their last 16 games at home.
This match-up would easily be a fantastic playoff series, but just for tonight, the Grizz will be quite short-handed. With OKC losing earlier this week to the Lakers, they’ll be focused on not letting another Western Conference rival sneak in a win. So far this season, OKC is 9-1 after a loss. Numbers don’t lie [usually], give up the points and take OKC.
Kevin Durant is projected to lead the way for OKC with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists. For Memphis, Zach Randolph is projected to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The second game in tonight’s double-header on TNT features the Golden State Warriors playing host to the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors will again be without should-be all-star Steph Curry, but with Bogut back and healthy, the team can sustain their run a while longer without Curry in the mix.
AccuScore simulations have the Warriors as fairly heavy favorites, with a 62.9 percent chance at getting the win. The average score after 10,000 simulations is 102-99, and the Warriors have just a 52.5 percent chance of covering the -3.5 spread. There is a 57 percent chance the total score goes over 205.5. The total has gone over in 6 of Golden State’s last 7 games, and in 7 of Golden State’s last 9 games when playing at home against Dallas.
With Dallas losing a heartbreaker in their last game (vs Portland, 106-104), look for the Warriors to pounce on the Mavericks early and take any initial hope away from them. When Klay Thompson shoots better than 42 percent, the Warriors are 11-2; when he shoots below that mark, they are 11-15. He’s projected to get 17 points on 41 percent shooting tonight.
I don’t have much faith in this Dallas team to bounce back from the type of loss they had against Portland. Oracle Arena will be pumped, especially this being a nationally televised game, and Coach Jackson’s guys will start raining jumpers early. They are projected to make 5 three-pointers on the night, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that number reach close to 8 or 9. Prediction- Warriors win by 7.
Dirk Nowitzki is projected to lead the way for Dallas with 19 points and 7 rebounds. For Golden State, David Lee is projected to finish with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
BEST OF MAXIM
Rudy Gay talked about why this win against the Clippers was extra sweet, getting three ovations from the crowd in his debut in Toronto, his respect for DeMar DeRozan and why this team has the potential to improve on the defensive end.
Click here to download the MP3 of this media scrum.
Former UConn Huskies small forward Rudy Gay has a new home in the NBA as his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies, has traded him to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal that also included the Detroit Pistons.
Here's how that trade breaks down:
Raptors get - Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Hammed Haddadi (Grizzlies)
Grizzlies get - Ed Davis (Raptors), Tayshaun Prince (Pistons...
Rudy Gay is the centerpiece of a three-team trade involving the Raptors, Grizzlies and Pistons.
On Friday morning, Rudy Gay was still in Memphis. Physically, I mean. Though he’s been a Toronto Raptor since Wednesday, Gay didn’t actually arrive in Canada until this afternoon, when he passed his physical examination and a crash course in Dwayne Casey’s playbook. Hours later, he was showered with cheers from his new faithful when he got up off the bench to replace Landry...
The first domino before the February 21 trade deadline fell Wednesday when the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay to the Raptors for Jose Calderon and Ed Davis and then sent Calderon to the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
It was not quite the deal everyone expected for Gay, but it was not totally unexpected that Gay would get moved. Memphis is desperate to get under the tax...
A Tayshaun Prince fan waiting in his jersey for the forward to run out of the Pistons’ tunnel gets confused when he doesn’t see his favorite player among the team. After receiving the information of the trade on his phone, the disappointed fan ditches the jersey before tip-off:
The Detroit Pistons sent Tayshaun Prince, the savior of the 2004 Pistons Championship team for his block on Reggie Miller, to the Memphis Grizzlies in a 3-team trade that brought Jose Calderon back to Detroit.A poor Tayshaun Prince fan didn’t hear about the news before Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, and Fox Sports filmed each step as the fan found out that...
Some fans find out their favorite player has been traded on SportsCenter, when they can scream at the TV. Others find out in their office cubicle, when they have to remain silent as they read the ugly details.
And some find out at the arena, while they are hanging over the players’ entrance tunnel next to the stands, wearing their favorite player’s jersey and just waiting, waiting...
The Memphis Grizzlies' first game without Rudy Gay was hardly one to remember, but they might have a better chance to win in their next one.
While hoping the new players from this week's trade can get on the court soon, Memphis will try to earn its eighth consecutive home win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
The Grizzlies (29-16) had only nine players available...
Despite a hefty contract, the Toronto Raptors hope the addition of Rudy Gay will help them turn around their season and make a serious push for the playoffs.
The veteran small forward could debut with his new team Friday night when the Raptors look to avoid a fourth straight loss while trying to continue their recent home success against the Los Angeles Clippers.
TORONTO -- Rudy Gay scored 20 points after coming off the bench in his first game for the Toronto Raptors to lead them to a 98-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers before a crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre. Forward Amir Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds as the Raptors ended a three-game losing streak. Johnson's rebounds equaled a career...
By William Bohl (@BreakTheHuddle)
The NBA’s meta-season within its season was abruptly kick-started last week when the Memphis Grizzlies shipped most of their bench off to Cleveland for a seldom-used role player, Jon Leuer, and a little bit of luxury tax freedom. After that deal was completed, speculation ran rampant as to whether or not the Grizzlies were done maneuvering. Yesterday...
Well there was good news and bad news depending on how you look at it for the the Pistons Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
The good news?
Joe Dumars was able to send the bloated Tayshaun Prince contract along with an under-performing Austin Daye to Memphis for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract.
The bad news… the Pistons were simply pathetic shooting from the field tonight...