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Warriors vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Betting Odds MEM -4.5, GS +156 | MEM -190 O/U OFF
The Warriors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-35. So far, the team has gone 33-37-1 against the spread. Today, the Warriors will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -8.0 points.
Golden State is trying to bounce back from a 127-119 loss to the Hawks. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Golden State was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Hawks by 8 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Stephen Curry, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 44.4% of his shots.
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 42-27, while going 32-35-2 vs the spread. Looking back on Grizzlies’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 116 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.
Memphis is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Spurs. Going into the game, they were 9 point favorites against the spread. Their 126-120 victory was not enough to cover. Memphis pulled out the surprising comeback win, despite going into the 4th quarter trailing by 12 points. In the win, Jaren Jackson Jr. led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Warriors picked up the win 123-109 win over the Grizzlies. Heading into the game, Golden State was the 7.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far this season, the Warriors have a record of 2-1 vs the Grizzlies. Last year, the Warriors saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Grizzlies, averaging 104.25 points per game. While the Warriors struggled on offense in the series, the Grizzlies maintained their usual level of scoring at 111.75 vs Golden State. The Grizzlies have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 6 points per game. A combined average of 230 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Warriors offense is rated 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 118.3 points per contest. When looking at the Warriors pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.1. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 7th team in made field goals per contest.
Against the Grizzlies, the Warriors will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 3rd ranked unit at 105.46 points per game.
On offense, Jordan Poole leads the Warriors in scoring at 20.4 points per game, placing him 51st in the NBA. Overall, Poole has hit 42.8% of his shots while accounting for 17.6% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 1st in points allowed to point-guards. At 30.1 points per game, Stephen Curry is the 2nd leading scorer for the Warriors. For the season, he is 11th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 50.2%.
Through 69 games, Memphis is the 11th best scoring team at 115.8 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. Although Memphis has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 13.1 turnovers per game.
Defensively, the Grizzlies are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 109.93 points per contest (12th).
Desmond Bane is expected to play a key role in Memphis’s scoring efforts against the Golden State today, as Ja Morant is unavailable. Morant is the team’s leading scorer this season with 27.1 points per game. Bane is 2nd in scoring for the team with 21.1 points per game, which ranks him 42.0th in the NBA. In his 47 games, he has hit 46.8% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game.
Warriors vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF