We’re getting some really good playoffs in the NBA this season. Unfortunately, though, the series with the most drama could end Wednesday night in Memphis.
With fouls, big releases and injuries, the well-known Golden State Warriors, along with the Memphis Grizzlies, were everything in this second round series.
The Grizzlies are not expected to play Ja Morant with the All-Star, or if it continues for the rest of the series, the Grizzlies are in a tough spot at home.
Game 4 was close, as Memphis lost late at the Chase Center. It was the kind of game where your star player needed to “get it done” the way Morant did in Game 2 when he scored 15 points in a row in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies had no place to turn without him.
From a betting standpoint, the Grizzlies can have the Golden State wherever they want. They have 9-3 SU and 10-2 ATS as home underdogs this season.
Golden State Warriors (3-1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (1-3)
Wednesday 11 May 2022
FedEx Forum, Memphis, Ten.
Placement: Warriors -4 (-110), Grizzlies +4 (-110)
Meaning Line: Warriors -185, Grizzlies +155
The best bet
This line has been opened at 3 and has already made quite a bit of a bet. Even with playing in Memphis, it looks like a funeral walk for the Grizzlies at the moment, even though they won the fourth quarter of Game 4 and could easily have drawn 2-2.
One thing we should be able to count on Wednesday night is the wing pairing of Des Ben and Dillon Brooks. Brooks in particular, who will be feeding what should be a heavy crowd tonight.
In Game 4, they were in the match although the pair combined for only 20 points at Golden State. Tie Jones, who did his best to replace Morant, scored 19. You should give Jones credit for playing a really good game in one lap just down the street.
I don’t expect the Grizzlies to fade, but I do expect a tournament-level performance from the seasoned Warriors. They are smelling blood in the water and eliminating the grizzlies on Wednesday night gives them a chance to get some rest before the next round.
Golden Stay won Game 4, but they did win and they left a lot of space between that performance and the performance we saw in Game 3 when they scored 142 points and won 30. I think Wednesday night we got something in the middle.
Neither Clay Thompson nor Jordan Bull have created a triple pointer in recent victories, something we can’t expect to normalize, even on the streets. Steve Curry scored 32 with 10 of his 25 shots and 4 of 14 shots from depth, so it wasn’t an elite game for him either.
The thing that worries me on Wednesday night is that the Warriors are playing very little at the moment. Kevin Looney was the only player to hit the ground 6-feet-8 above, playing just 15 minutes into the final game.
If this game is played too physically on the street, they will not be able to match it. Outside of that I love fighters very much.
The Warriors return Wednesday night for a comfortable finish. Something like 112-102.