Check out our free Warriors vs Grizzlies pick and preview for this NBA game in Memphis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Warriors vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Thursday, March 9th
- Betting Odds MEM +2, GS -132 | MEM +110 O/U 235.5
The Warriors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-32. So far, the team has gone 31-34-1 against the spread. The Warriors come into the game in the middle of a 2 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -8.5 points per contest.
The Warriors are coming off a disappointing 137-128 loss to the Thunder. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Golden State was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Thunder by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Stephen Curry, as he contributed 40 points while hitting 60.9% of his shots.
The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 38-26. So far, the team has gone 30-32-2 against the spread. Memphis will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -10.33 points per game.
The Grizzlies are coming off a dissappointing 112-103 loss to the Lakers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Memphis let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Jaren Jackson Jr., as he contributed 26 points while hitting 53.3% of his shots.
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 2-0 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. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Warriors and Grizzlies have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just -1 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Memphis. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 221 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Warriors offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 118.1 points per contest. The Warriors come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 16.5 made 3’s per game. If the Golden State offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
So far, the Warriors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 3rd in the league at 105.46 points per contest.
Point-Guard Jordan Poole currently leads the Warriors at 20.7 points per game. For the season, he is 28th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Poole is averaging 2.8 boards and 4.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 1st ranked defense at defending point-guards. Klay Thompson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 54 games, he is averaging 22.1 and is 112nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Memphis will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.6 points per game (10th). For the season, the Grizzlies have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 7th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 21st in the league in overall field goal percentage at 52.9%.
Defensively, the Grizzlies are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 109.93 points per contest (12th).
Without Ja Morant, Memphis will need Desmond Bane to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Golden State today. This season, Morant leads the team in scoring with 27.1 points per game. Bane is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 21.2 points per game, which places him 42.0th in the NBA. In his 42 games, he has hit 46.7% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game.
Warriors vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies +2
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.5