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2021 NBA Handicapping
(39-34) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors (39-34)
Date: Friday, May 21st
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Grizzlies +155 | Warriors -165
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -4
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
On Friday, May 21st the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors will participate in the final play-in game to determine the West’s eighth seed and the right to play the Utah Jazz.
If Tuesday’s Eastern play-in games were lopsided the Wednesday’s Western games were far more competitive covering the gamut.
Memphis punched the Spurs in the mouth winning the opening frame 38-19 but then faltered losing the second quarter 30-18. The teams played to a 16 all tie in the third before the Grizzlies took over down the stretch to secure the victory.
San Antonio had no answer for Jonas Valanciunas who was the key reason Memphis won the first quarter grabbing nine rebounds and scoring 12 points in the frame.
He finished with a double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds plus three blocks but Memphis didn’t utilize him as much in the second half which was arguably why San Antonio got back in the game.
Dillon Brooks was the primary defender on DeMar DeRozan who struggled shooting 5 of 21. Brooks delivered offensively as well with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block.
He seized the leadership reigns to tie the game at 6:36 and scored six unanswered points to put the Grizzlies ahead for good. Ja Morant registered 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a steal.
The reserve unit who averaged 39.1 points per game ranking sixth in the regular season, struggled scoring only 14 points.
Sean McDermott (left foot soreness) is the only Grizzly listed as out.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry put on a show scoring versus LA with 37 points including six 3-pointers along with seven rebounds. Draymond Green was masterful in leading the defense and held Antony Davis in check for the first half of the match.
Green contributed in his typical manner filling up the stat sheet with nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks, and two points.
But, it was the turnovers particularly in the third quarter that cost the Dubs in a close game The odd part was leaders Curry and Green each had six turnovers out of the 20 made.
Andrew Wiggins played well with 21 points and was a key defensive factor, especially early guarding LeBron James.
Ultimately, the Lakers won by three points and the extra 10 free throws plus all those turnovers could be cited as the main reason for the loss in a game that felt like Golden State should’ve won.
Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist soreness) and Damion Lee (protocols) are presumed out while Klay Thompson (Achilles) and James Wiseman (knee) are out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Warriors are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Warriors are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 2-8 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
While the Grizzlies are laser-focused the Dub’s experience and home court (all five home teams have won the play-in matches) should be the difference.
Brooks will need to be careful not to get in early foul trouble as his defense on Curry will be key. Similarly, Green and Kevon Looney will have to find a way to handle Valanciunas.
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