The Brodie meets The Beard once again, when the Oklahoma City Thunder hope to stay alive when they take on the Houston Rockets for Game 5. Shortly after, another Game 5 commences, this time between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. That series is currently tied at 2-2. Read on a below for a quick look at both playoff matchups.
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets (8:00 PM ET)
The back-and-forth mano-a-manos between Russell Westbrook and James Harden have been truly a pleasure to watch. The two MVP candidates are averaging 35.0 and 33.0 points, respectively, in the first four games of this series. However, Harden’s managed to lead the Rockets to a 3-1 advantage thanks to a more productive supporting cast led by Lou Williams (18.0 PPG) and Eric Gordon (15.0 PPG). On the other side, only Victor Oladipo (11.0) and Andre Roberson (13.8) are the ones providing enough aid to Westbrook, who’s basically been doing everything for the Thunder in this series.
OKC (+7.5) forces a Game 6, 116-113.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs (9:00 PM ET)
Game 5 was arguably the most entertaining game in this year’s playoffs thus far, not just in this series. Kawhi Leonard erupted for a career-best 43 points, only to see Marc Gasol hit a contested game-winning shot that evened things up at two wins apiece. Gasol finished with 16 points and 12 boards in that series-tying victory.
Mike Conley has been the ultimate leader for the Grizzlies, though. He’s put up 24 or more points with eight assists in the previous three contests, including 35 points in Game 5. But with the series shifting back to the Spurs’ turf, it’ll be interesting to see if Memphis can carry its momentum from its last two wins. San Antonio, as we’ve seen in Games 1 and 2, plays near-to-perfect basketball at home.
Spurs (-10) win, but do not cover.
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