The Golden State Warriors got the job done in Game 1, as they scored a 117-116 win on the road over the Memphis Grizzlies. Will the Grizzlies hit back and take Game 2? Or will the Warriors go up 2-0? Check out our preview below of this Warriors vs. Grizzlies 2022 NBA Playoffs matchup.
Betting Preview for the Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Playoffs Round 2 Game 2 on May 3, 2022
Where: FedExForum, Memphis
When: FedExForum, Memphis, May 3, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Golden State Warriors (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 53-29
With Stephen Curry moving back to the starting rotation, the Warriors stole a win in enemy territory for a nice 1-0 series lead. Curry finished with 24 points on 8/20 shooting, but it was Jordan Poole who paced the Warriors with 31 points off the bench. Poole has been a revelation this season for the Warriors, and he’s someone who needs to be taken seriously by Golden State opponents. That’s easier said than done, though, with Curry and Klay Thompson still being money from around the perimeter. There’s also Andrew Wiggins, who may have shot just 6/14 in Game 1, but remains a dangerous offensive player. Poole and Wiggins each grabbed 8 rebounds and that helped Golden State a lot, as the team managed to take nearly 10 more shots than its average in the playoffs. The Warriors did that with Draymond Green playing only 17 minutes to ejection. It could get even more fluid for the Warriors in Game 2.
The Over is 6-0 in Warriors last 6 games after a win.
Betting on the Memphis Grizzlies (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 56-26
Just like in the first round, the Grizzlies lost the series opener in this matchup against Golden State. In other words, this isn’t new to Memphis, which still looked good even in the loss in Game 1. Ja Morant shot 14/31 from the field to finish with 34 points to go with 10 assist and 9 rebounds. He’s probably going to have a much better series this time than against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Game 1 was a nice start for Morant, who is averaging 23.3 points, 10.4 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per contest. The Grizzlies scored over 115 points in Game 1 even though Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane shot a combined 6/23 from the field. It could get better for them in Game 2, as they usually have been more efficient offensively in the playoffs.
The Grizzlies, who are avreraging 114.9 points in the playoffs, are 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games as a home underdog.
The Grizzlies win, 118-114.
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