NBA Play-In Odds: Warriors Favored Over Grizzlies For No. 8 Seed

  • The Golden State Warriors are -160 betting favorites against the Memphis Grizzlies in the final play-in game.
  • The Grizzlies are set with odds of +140 after beating the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies will both look to secure the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference on Friday night. The Warriors suffered a three-point loss to the Lakers while the Grizzlies are coming off of a four-point win over the Spurs.

The winner of the game will face the Utah Jazz in a seven-game series in the first round of the NBA Playoffs while the loser’s season will be over.

Will Golden State Cover?

Coming into this matchup, the Golden State Warriors are definitely the hotter team. The Warriors had won eight of their last nine games in the regular season and probably should’ve beaten the Lakers on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies aren’t playing bad, but might deserve to be bigger underdogs than the online sportsbooks have them as. The Warriors took the season series against Memphis 2-1 including a 113-101 win in the final game of the regular season.

Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: GSW -160, MEM +140
  • Spread: GSW -3.5
  • Total: O/U 222

Memphis grabbed a 20+-point lead over the Spurs in the first quarter and found themselves losing in the fourth quarter before pulling away late. Golden State not only has the higher ceiling but also has been more consistent which makes them a solid pick to cover the spread in this game.

Picks: Golden State Warriors (-160), Golden State Warriors -3.5 (-110)

Over or Under 222.0 Points?

Sports betting sites have set the total for the game at 222 points. Accounting for the spread, the books are projecting around a 113-110 final score.

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Considering the teams, this line seems to be set very accurately. The Warriors score 112.3 points per game while the Grizzlies score 112.7. Golden State allows 113.7 points per game and the Grizzlies allow 113.3. All numbers point towards the result being within a couple of points of the set total in either direction.

Both of these teams’ first play-in game went Under 220.0 points and all of the three previous meetings between the two went Under as well (214, 214, 219 points in their previous three games).

Considering defense tends to pick up in the postseason and the past result, the Under seems to be the best play on the total.

Pick: Under 222.0 (-110)

How to Watch

The final play-in game is set for Friday at 9 p.m. EST and will be aired on ESPN.