Memphis Grizzlies (62-31) vs. Golden State Warriors (60-32)
May 13, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Golden State Warriors -8.5; Over/Under: -219.5
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The Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors duke it out in Game 6 at the Chase Center on Friday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be looking to square up the series after making light work of the Warriors in a dominant 134-95 win in Game 5 on Wednesday. Jaren Jackson Jr, Tyus Jones and Desmond Bane each scored 21 points while Dillon Brooks chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 47 percent from the field and 18 of 41 from the 3-point line as they came ready to play and jumped all over the Warriors from the start and were never threatened at all after exploding for 77 points in the first half. The Grizzlies led by as many as 55 points in this one before they decided to rest their starters in one of their best wins ever in franchise history.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will be hoping to erase their memories after suffering one of the worst losses in playoff history. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 19 points, Jonathan Kuminga added 17 points while Stephen Curry chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they didn’t match the intensity of the Grizzlies right from the start and never found their rhythm after leaking 77 points in the first half and 119 points after three quarters. Jordan Poole scored just three points on one of six shooting off the bench while Otto Porter Jr. finished scoreless, but the Warriors committed 22 turnovers and were terrible on the defensive end, so they probably deserved to lose by more.
Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 38-18-1 ATS in their last 57 games overall. The Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall and the Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
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The Warriors will be gutted with their embarrassing blowout loss in Game 5 as they didn’t show up ready to play and got burned by a fearless Grizzlies team who absolutely dominated despite playing without Ja Morant once again. The momentum is clearly with the Grizzlies now, but the Warriors are a veteran team with championship experience and I just don’t see them allowing this series to go to seven games. The Warriors don’t need to change their gameplan after what happened on Wednesday, I just see them coming out with better urgency on the defensive end which should be the difference on this occasion. I do have the Warriors capping this series in this spot, but the Grizzlies have shown that they never give up and I think they can do enough to at least get the cover in this one.