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The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to face the Memphis Grizzlies under the bubble. Oklahoma City is coming off a 105-86 win over the LA Lakers. Memphis, on the other hand, is coming off a 124-115 loss to Utah.
Oklahoma City is 2-1 since the return and is sixth in the Western Conference standings, 2.5 games behind the Nuggets for the Northwest Division lead, and half a game behind the Jazz and Houston. As a team, they rank 20th in scoring offense with 110.7 points a game, 23rd in rebounding and 28th in assists. On the defensive end, they rank 8th in scoring defense giving up 108 points. Schroder left the team Monday for the birth of his child and will have to quarantine after his return.
Memphis has struggled since entering the bubble losing four in a row. They are in danger of dropping out of the 8th playoff spot as they lead Portland by just a game and are just two games ahead of San Antonio. The Grizzlies rank 14th in the league in scoring at 112.7 points a game, 7th in rebounding, and second in assists. On the defensive end, they are 21st in scoring defense, giving up 114.1 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. sustained a torn meniscus against the Pelicans and is done for the year.
Memphis is not playing anything close to how they were playing pre-bubble and could find themselves out of the playoffs if they can't turn things around in a hurry. Losing Jackson Jr. and his 25.3 points will hurt their chanced tremendously. This is a must-win for Memphis and they will find a way to get the job done.
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