Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 28, 2021

Despite Memphis dropping the first two games of this series, Ja Morant is playing at a record level. Morant's 47-point performance in Game 2 was the most by a player age 21 or younger in NBA playoff history.

Utah
52-20
AT
May 29, 2021, 9:30 PM ET
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Memphis
38-34
Pointspread -5.5 -110
Moneyline -214
Over / Under o +224.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

Pointspread +5.5 -110
Moneyline +177
Over / Under u +224.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

After splitting the first two games of this series on the road, the Western Conference eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies will host their first playoff game in four years on Saturday night against the No. 1 Utah Jazz. The Jazz are 5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds for Game 3, with a total of 224.

Jazz vs. Grizzlies NBA Playoff Odds

Memphis’ last playoff home game – remember, this year’s play-in tournament technically didn’t count as the postseason – was Game 6 of the Western Conference first round on April 27, 2017 vs. San Antonio. Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs won the series with a 103-96 victory. The Grizzlies’ leading scorer that day was Mike Conley with 26 points; he’s now the Jazz’s starting point guard.

Utah’s lone visit to Memphis this season was a 111-107 victory on March 31. Conley scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner, Jordan Clarkson, added 24 points. Jazz leading scorer Donovan Mitchell was out for personal reasons. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 36 points.

With the series tied 1-1, Utah is -833 on the series moneyline with Memphis at +500. To win the West, the Jazz are now +250 second-favourites because the Clippers have flopped thus far, while the Grizzlies are +6600.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz didn’t have All-Star and leading scorer Donovan Mitchell in Game 1 as a late scratch (ankle), but he was back in full force for Game 2. Mitchell had 25 points in Utah’s 141-129 victory, which saw the Jazz score 32 more points than in the opener and set a franchise record for most points in a playoff game. The previous mark was 131 points in 1985 against the Nuggets. Mike Conley added 20 points and 15 assists and Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Every Jazz starter had at least 14 points and two reserves also had at least that many. Utah shot 54.4 per cent overall and made 19 threes. The Jazz are 3-10 ATS in their past 13 after scoring at least 125 points in the previous game.

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis probably isn’t winning this series, but this team should be a contender within a couple of years with a terrific young group led by fantastic second-year point guard Ja Morant. He torched Utah for 47 points (plus seven assists and four rebounds) in Game 2, the most points in a playoff game by a player age 21 or younger in NBA history and the most points in any Grizzlies game ever. The previous playoff mark was by LeBron James with 45 points in 2006. Mississauga’s Dillon Brooks was fantastic in Game 1 and followed that up with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting in Game 2. Former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points but just six rebounds. The Memphis starters held their own, while the bench was destroyed. The Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their past five as home dogs.

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