The 2022 NBA Playoffs are heating up and Friday brings Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals between Memphis and Golden State, so here’s the best Grizzlies vs. Warriors betting pick along with the latest odds update on Bookmaker Sportsbook.
The Warriors are one win away from the conference finals and open as firm 8.5-point home favorites for Friday’s clash at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Grizzlies are listed as +325 moneyline underdogs, and the totals sit at 219.5 points.
The Grizzlies destroyed the Dubs in Game 5
Despite missing their best player due to an injury, the Memphis Grizzlies trounced the Golden State Warriors 134-95 in Game 5 this past Wednesday. They were leading by as many as 55 points, dominating the hapless Dubs on both offense and defense.
The Grizzlies shot 47.5% from the field and 43.9% from downtown (18-for-41). They handed out a thumping 37 assists while turning the ball over only ten times. Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Tyus Jones all finished with 21 points, and Steven Adams added seven points and 13 rebounds.
Ja Morant has missed the previous two games due to a knee injury, and the All-Star guard is doubtful to play Friday in San Francisco. Without Morant, the Grizzlies have gone 20-5 so far this season. Bane and Jones will continue to drive the Grizzlies’ offense in Ja’s absence, and Jones had nine assists in Game 5.
The Dubs embarrassed themselves, hope to bounce back at home
The Golden State Warriors have won their two home encounters with the Grizzlies in this conference semifinal. After a 142-112 blowout victory in Game 3, the Dubs barely outlasted Morant-less Grizzlies 101-98 in Game 4.
Last Wednesday, the Warriors had their first opportunity to secure a place in the conference finals, but it didn’t go well. They trailed from start to finish and completely embarrassed themselves. Golden State committed 22 turnovers and was outplayed by Memphis in every single aspect of the game.
Klay Thompson accounted for 19 points; Jonathan Kuminga had 17 points and three boards, while Stephen Curry added 14 points and four assists. Otto Porter suffered a foot injury and is questionable for Friday’s clash, while both Gary Payton II (elbow) and Andre Iguodala (neck) are probably done for the series.
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall
- 10-1 ATS in the last 11 games against the Pacific Division
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games against Memphis
- 2-9 ATS in the last 11 games against the Southwest Division
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Pick
After getting pounded in Game 3 at Chase Center, the Grizzlies have improved a lot despite Ja Morant’s absence. I’m expecting the Warriors to finish the job on the home court, but covering an 8.5-point spread might be a tall task.
The Grizzlies have shown many times they can cope with Morant’s injuries and play at a high level without their best player. They are on the brink of elimination once more, so I’m backing them to battle bravely and keep it close down the stretch.
Pick: Take Memphis Grizzlies +8.5 at -110
The Warriors and Grizzlies are playing at a very fast pace, averaging 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes throughout this series. Although both teams have done a good job on the defensive end, the total has gone over three times. The Grizzlies fell apart in Game 3, and the Warriors had a meltdown in Game 5.
I lean toward the over because of the fast tempo. Also, both teams are taking a lot of shots from deep. The Warriors are averaging 36.8 attempts from downtown per game, while the Grizzlies are tallying 40.8.
Pick: Go over 219.5 points at -110