Warriors Look To Steal Home-Court Advantage
The Golden State Warriors were able to make quick work out of the Denver Nuggets in the first round, losing one game in the process.
As for the Memphis Grizzlies, they found themselves in a heated series against the Minnesota Timberwolves and quite frankly, might be lucky to be in the second round. They had to dig out of multiple fourth-quarter, double-digit deficits.
These have been two of the most exciting teams to watch in the Western Conference/ Which of them will be able to win the first game of this series? Let’s take a closer look at the NBA lines in this one.
Warriors Have Lethal Lineup
The Golden State Warriors are absolutely lethal when it comes to their starting five. Throughout most of their series against the Nuggets, Steph Curry was actually coming off the bench.
This time around, he is fully cleared to return to the starting lineup and makes it better. Curry averages 28.0 points per game, Draymond Green does the dirty work and Klay Thompson looks like he is his old self again, averaging 22.6 points.
Jordan Poole has also emerged as a dangerous weapon, averaging 21.0 points per game in the first round. The Warriors have long been looking for a Big Three and with Poole playing so well, Andrew Wiggins, and others for support, this team is tough to stop.
Grizzlies Can’t Get Intimidated
Memphis had some moments against the Timberwolves when it didn’t look like the team we saw in the regular season. After all, this is a ridiculously young roster that doesn’t have much playoff experience.
This is why a series with Curry, Klay, and Draymond might be intimidating. Ja Morant is going to have to take it upon himself to get his teammates ready.
The depth of this group is outstanding and Morant has proven to be one of the most explosive players in the league.
The main difference here is Memphis was expected to win in Round 1 and likely felt a lot of pressure. In this spot, few expect them to advance, so they should be more relaxed – Morant included.
Warriors vs. Grizzlies Head-to-Head
The Grizzlies have actually beaten the Warriors in three out of the four regular-season games that they have played this year. However, if you bet online, note that the Warriors dealt with various injuries throughout and didn’t have their full arsenal.
Warriors vs Grizzlies Game Information
- Game: Warriors (53-29) vs Grizzlies (56-26)
- Location: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
- Day/Time: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
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Warriors vs Grizzlies Betting Lines
Warriors vs Grizzlies Prediction
The Warriors are listed as two-point favorites in the sportsbook. Playing on the road, it might be pretty difficult in order to pick up a win here.
However, they have some serious offensive talent. They have also played in big situations in the postseason a number of times throughout their careers, including winning championships along the way.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, might be a bit fatigued with a quick turnaround after a grinding series. Go with the Warriors for your NBA betting as they should be able to edge the Grizz and “steal” Game 1 and home-court advantage.