The opening round of the NBA playoffs, with the exception of the Spurs/Clippers series, proved to be a little underwhelming. Fans and bettor s looking for valuable NBA lines are hoping for a few more fireworks in the second round, and there are certainly some great match-ups to get excited about. Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors is set for Tuesday night, with the Warriors heading in with the 1-0 lead. The 101-86 win for the Warriors in Game 1 was as comfortable as the score suggests. Golden State came out of the gate quickly and were never really put under any serious pressure.
You have to feel some level of sympathy for the Grizzlies, as they are pretty seriously undermanned at the moment. They are really missing the presence of Mike Conley, who is still out with a seriously bruised and swollen left eye after taking an errant elbow in the first round. There is no word as of yet as to whether or not he will be able to play on Tuesday, as the swelling is still sever enough to make it impossible for him to wear a protective mask. The Grizzlies shot 45.2 percent in Game 1, whilst only managing to go 3-12 from 3-point range.
Grizzlies vs Warriors NBA Playoffs Game 2Date/Time: Tuesday, May 5th, 10:30 PMLocation: ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaSpread: -9½TV: ABCOnline: WatchESPNThere must be some real concern in the Grizzlies locker room right now, as the Warriors did not really play as well as they can in the win. Stephen Curry led the way with 22 points and 7 assists in the opener, and is now also the proud recipient of the MVP Award for the season. As happy as Curry is with the award, he will be the first to admit that a Championship is what the real goal is for the season. Talking after Game 1, Curry admitted that the Warriors were not at their best, but also said that now they had shaken off the cobwebs of an extended layoff, they would be ready to get the offense rolling a little more smoothly in Game 2.
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Memphis vs Golden StateThat is just not going to get it done against a Warriors team that have the ability to score at will. If they can get Conley back on Tuesday night, it may be just the boost they need to steal one on the road. There were many people who believed that this series might go all the way to 7 games, but another win for Golden State in Game 2 would put that in serious doubt. I think that’s exactly what will happen, as the hot-shooting Warriors will once again be too hard to handle.
- Memphis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Golden State
- Memphis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games