Golden State Vs Memphis Odds, Pick & Betting Preview
With Kevin Durant’s first trip back to Oklahoma City on Saturday making national headlines, the Golden State Warriors will look to avoid overlooking the Memphis Grizzlies when they square off in an intriguing Western Conference clash that looks like it could be a better matchup than Saturday’s highly publicized matchup against the Thunder.
You see, the Grizz have already beaten the Dubs twice this season and could be the Warriors’ most dangerous foe this season. Now, let’s find out which championship hopeful is offering the most NBA betting spreads value in this matchup.
Golden State Warriors Vs Memphis Grizzlies, Odds, Pick & Betting Preview
When: Friday, February 10 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
TV: FSSE, CSBA
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors
The Warriors (44-8 SU, 24-26-2 ATS) bounced back from a loss to Sacramento in their previous game to lay a 123-92 smackdown on the undermanned Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Golden State shot a blistering 55.8 percent from the floor and dished out a stellar 37 assists on 48 made field goals.
While Golden State’s explosive offense gets the lion’s share of national media attention, the Dubs also lead the NBA in blocks (6.5), steals (9.4) and 3-point field goal defense (31.9 percent) while ranking third in defensive field goal percentage (43.6).
Why Bet The Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies (33-22 SU, 29-26 ATS) have won three straight and come into Friday night’s matchup off an emphatic 110-91 smackdown of Phoenix on Wednesday night while easily covering the spread as a 7.5-point home favorite. The Grizzlies held Phoenix to 33.3 percent shooting, including 5-of-23 from beyond the arc.
“It’s easy to try to look over Phoenix,” Memphis coach David Fizdale told reporters. “When you play a team like the Spurs with a young team like Phoenix sandwiched in between Golden State, it’s human nature to allow most teams to play a lazy, lackadaisical approach to Phoenix. I thought we came out with the right mindset and played them the right way. We are just taking one game at a time and not even getting ahead of ourselves towards Golden State.”
Memphis has a phenomenal defense that ranks third in points allowed (99.1 ppg) and has held six of its last seven opponents under 100 points. “Our ball pressure, our physicality and our communication,” Memphis center Marc Gasol told reporters when asked what he liked about the defense after a 110-91 win over Phoenix on Wednesday. “Everybody was moving together. That’s great.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Golden State dropped a 110-89 decision at Memphis on Dec. 10 and fell completely apart in their 128-119 overtime loss to the Grizz on Jan. 6 while blowing a whopping 19-point lead in the fourth quarter. Still, the aforementioned losses are the main reasons I like the Dubs to bounce back and get the narrow rod win in this contest. While Memphis has gone 18-9 at home this season, Golden State is 21-5 on the road and likely circled this matchup on their calendars after their home collapse against Memphis the last time they met.
While Memphis has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games and 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games following a straight up win, Golden State is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games, and a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. Golden State wins, but it’s going to be closer than most people expect.
My final score prediction is Golden State 108 Memphis 106