Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 1 Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 01, 2022

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The Grizzlies host the No. 3 Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.

Golden State
53-29
AT
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Memphis
56-26
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -156
Over / Under o +223.5

83%

Betting Action

17%

Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +130
Over / Under u +223.5

83%

Betting Action

17%

The Warriors are short favourites on the NBA odds.

Warriors vs. Grizzlies NBA Playoff Betting Odds

The Western Conference has gone chalk in the playoffs so far with the top four seeds all advancing. Golden State visits Memphis in Game 1 of their West semifinal on Sunday. The Grizzlies are the only home underdog in any Game 1 East or West semifinal game.

Memphis won three of four in the regular season against the Warriors with the teams most recently playing March 28 and the Grizzlies prevailing 123-95. I don’t give any credence to any of the regular-season results, honestly, as neither team was fully healthy in any of them.

The Warriors are -263 favourites on the series line with the Grizzlies +209. The favoured exact result is Warriors in six at +249 and the long shot a Memphis sweep at +2892. I probably would agree on Golden State in six.

Memphis has covered four of the past five at home in the series.

Golden State Warriors

The Dubs only had their All-Star trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the floor together for about 11 minutes in the regular season, but they are all healthy now and Golden State is the +298 favourite to win the NBA title. Curry actually came off the bench for the first four games in Round 1 vs. Denver but was back in the startling lineup for Wednesday’s clinching 102-98 Game 5 win and had 30 points. It has been a breakout season for Toronto native Andrew Wiggins, a first-time All-Star, although he was a bit hit-or-miss in the Nuggets series. Veteran Andre Iguodala will not play Sunday with a back/neck injury. Not a huge loss but he’s a good defender. The Warriors are 8-3 ATS in their past 11.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 6 on Friday, 114-106, to end that highly entertaining series. Desmond Bane (23.5 ppg) actually led the team in scoring that series and not superstar Ja Morant (21.5) ppg, but Morant added 10.5 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game. He’s the clear alpha dog. Memphis has two Canadians on the roster who play big minutes in Dillon Brooks (16.5 ppg in these playoffs) and Brandon Clarke (16.5 ppg). Centre Steven Adams fell out of the rotation for matchup reasons in Round 1 but was expected back in it for this series. Alas, he’s in COVID protocols and won’t play Sunday. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their past six as home dogs.

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