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Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors Betting Preview

Friday night will determine the last spot in the NBA playoffs as the ninth-place Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) will take on the eighth-place Golden State Warriors (39-33). The winner will take on the top-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

The Warriors will host this one at the Chase Center, with tip-off scheduled for 9 pm ET.

The Grizzlies were able to get to this point after beating the 10th-place San Antonio Spurs, 100-96, on Wednesday. In the win, Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 24, while Jonas Valanciunas added 23.

In their last game, the Warriors dropped a heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-100. Had they won, they would have been guaranteed the seventh seed in the playoffs.

Instead, they are fighting for the eighth seed. In the loss, Stephen Curry led all scorers with 37 points.

The Warriors are the favorites playing at home. They are -176 to win, while the Grizzlies’ moneyline sits at +148. The spread features Memphis +4 while the over/under for total points is 220.5.

By The Numbers

The Golden State Warriors are 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread over the last three contests between the two teams. In those games, the two teams have gone under the total points all three times.

Offensively, these two are neck-and-neck. The Warriors rank 14th overall, averaging 113.5 points per game. The Grizzlies come in one spot later at 15th, averaging 113.1 points (although they have averaged just 102.7 over their last three games).

Defensively, it is Memphis with a slight edge. The Grizzlies rank 16th in scoring defense, allowing opponents 112 points per game. The Warriors rank 18th, allowing 112.5 points per game.

Morant Looks For Next Level

The Grizzlies undoubtedly have a solid team, but sometimes the NBA postseason is just as much about the superstars as it is about the team as a whole. For that reason, the Grizzlies are hoping that Ja Morant can take the next step going against one of the best guards in the league.

Not to be mistaken, Morant has had a nice season. He is currently averaging 19.1 points on 44.9% shooting. He is also averaging four rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. However, for the Grizzlies to advance, they may need more out of the young guard.

Luckily, he does have help from Brooks and Valanciunas. This season, Brooks has averaged 17.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Not to be outdone, Valanciunas has averaged 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Curry Will Feed Off Experience

Not only will the Warriors have the best player on the floor in Curry Friday, but they will also have the more playoff-experienced team. As Curry looks to make the playoffs again, the experience of Curry, Draymond Green and others might come in handy.

This season, Curry has been sensational. He is averaging 32 points on 48.2% shooting, including 42.1% from behind the arc. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Helping Curry will be Green. While he may not contribute a ton offensively (he is only averaging seven points this season), Green still fills up the stat sheet with 7.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

The next highest scorer behind Curry is forward Andrew Wiggins. In 71 games, Wiggins averaged 18.6 points on 47.7% shooting while also adding 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Expect The Star To Shine

The NBA is all about the star power, and not too many stars shine brighter than Curry. Even going against the defending champions on Wednesday, Curry had the Warriors right on the cusp of victory with his star-studded performance.

Don’t get me wrong, the Grizzlies are solid and might even have the better all-around team, but until Morant takes the next step to superstardom, it is just tough seeing Curry let this one slip by.

Take the Warriors to win at -176.

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