- The Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies face off in the play-in tournament.
- The winner of the game will be the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
- The Warriors have -220 odds to win the game.
LAS VEGAS - The Golden State Warriors are set to take on the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
The Warriors are fresh off of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in their climactic battle for the seventh seed.
They led for three quarters of the game before the Lakers took the lead in the fourth, and LeBron James hit a 34 foot three pointer to win it.
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— ESPN (@espn) May 20, 2021
In other words, based on that performance, the Warriors are expected to be notable favorites in this matchup.
The online sportsbooks agree with this assessment of the matchup.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Moneyline
- Memphis Grizzlies +180
- Golden State Warriors -220
The Grizzlies are no slouches - they dispatched of the San Antonio Spurs in the previous play-in matchup, and they’ve one six of their last seven games.
However, the one loss they’ve had in that span came at the hands of - who else - the Golden State Warriors.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors
- Memphis Grizzlies +5.0 (-115)
- Golden State Warriors -5.0 (-105)
The spread sees the Warriors favored by five points, with a bit of shading going towards the underdog Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies have been excellent against the spread this year, with an overall record of 42-30 ATS, and a 22-14 ATS road record.
The Warriors have been a bit worse against the spread so far, with a 37-35 overall ATS record, but some of that is that expectations were high for them.
This matchup should be an excellent one, and even though the Warriors are favored, and likely to win, the Grizzlies are a very solid underdog.
Their record against the spread demonstrates what is plain to see - sports bettors ignore the Grizzlies at their own peril.
The game airs at 9:00 p.m. EST, and will be broadcast on ESPN and the ESPN App.