Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 20, 2021

The final Play-In game is a rematch of Memphis and Golden State's regular season finale. Steph Curry's 46-point performance clinched the scoring title, as the 33-year-old became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan in 1998 at age 35.

Memphis
38-34
AT
May 21, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Chase Center
Golden State
39-33
Pointspread +5 -105
Moneyline +185
Over / Under o +220.5

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -5 -115
Moneyline -225
Over / Under u +220.5

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Betting Action

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The final NBA Play-In Tournament game for 2021 is from the Western Conference on Friday night, as former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas and the Memphis Grizzlies visit Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors opened as 3.5-point favourites on the NBA odds with a total of 222.

Grizzlies vs. Warriors NBA Playoff Odds

Statistically speaking, these Play-In Tournament games don’t count toward the regular season or the playoffs. They are in some sort of nebulous in-between, which is absurd. They should be playoff games, just like the First Four is part of the NCAA Tournament.

The loser of Friday’s game is done for the season, while the winner will travel to the Western Conference top-seeded Utah Jazz for Game 1 of a first round series on Sunday. The Grizzlies would be bigger underdogs against Utah than the Warriors. You can also bet the NBA and its TV partners, I promise, want the Warriors to win this game, simply so NBA scoring champion and future Hall of Famer Steph Curry can be showcased in the playoffs.

Golden State was 2-1 vs. Memphis this year, and they met in the season finale on Sunday in San Francisco; the Warriors clinched the No. 8 seed with a 113-101 victory. Steph Curry, 33, clinched the scoring title with 46 points, becoming the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan at age 35 in 1998. Curry also added nine assists and seven rebounds. Former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies and Ja Morant added 16 points and nine assists.

Memphis is 3-8 against the spread in their past 11 at Golden State. The under is 4-0 in the past four there.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies were 4-point home favourites Wednesday and beat San Antonio 100-96 – almost surely ending the Spurs career of former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan, who is set for free agency. He tied for the team lead with 20 points in the game, but was 5-for-21 shooting. The Spurs only hit 35.1 per cent overall. Jonas Valanciunas has had a monster season for Memphis and was huge in the victory with 23 points and 23 rebounds. He was the first player in franchise history to have 20 points and 20 rebounds by the end of the third quarter of a game. Mississauga’s Dillon Brooks had 24 points and seven rebounds while playing great defence on DeRozan, and former Rookie of the Year Ja Morant had 20 points, six assists and six rebounds. Memphis is 1-7 ATS in their past eight games following a win.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors closed +6 at the Lakers on Wednesday and led by 13 at halftime, but they would lose 103-100, thanks in large part to a long three-pointer from LeBron James with 58.2 seconds remaining. Golden State had a chance to send it into OT, but Kent Bazemore had a bad inbound pass in the final seconds. LeBron had a triple-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists despite being poked in the eye, which affected his vision. The Lakers tried to double-team Dubs star Steph Curry as often as possible, but he still finished with 37 points and seven rebounds – also six turnovers. Toronto native Andrew Wiggins had 21 points. The Warriors had won six straight games but still own a six-game ATS winning streak at home.

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