Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 5/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+3.5)
The Golden State Warriors (39-33) host the Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) at Chase Center on Friday for the chance to earn the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The odds on this matchup have Golden State as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 224.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the San Antonio Spurs and went home with a win by a final score of 100-96 in their 1st play-in game. Memphis walked away from the game having earned a 44.4% FG percentage (40 out of 90) and made 7 out of their 22 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 13 of 24 attempts for a rate of 54.2%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 56 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 dimes in the game in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to the defense, Memphis allowed the other team to go 35.1% from the field on 34 of 97 shooting. San Antonio doled out 20 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Additionally, San Antonio collected 55 rebounds (15 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 11 rejections. San Antonio shot 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 20 of their 24 shots. They also made 8 of their 22 shots from distance.
Dillon Brooks is one guy who was a major contributor for this game. He had 24 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 39:42 minutes and also pulled down 7 rebounds. Brooks ended up going 47.6% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Grizzlies was Jonas Valanciunas. He grabbed 23 rebounds in his 37:33 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 62.5% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 10-of-16 (23 points). When the game finished, Valanciunas had 1 assist.
Memphis enters this one with a record of 38-34 so far this season. They cough up possession 13.3 times per game and as a team are committing 18.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Memphis is snagging 46.5 boards per game and has totaled 1,938 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Grizzlies are shooting 35.6% on shots from downtown (803 of 2,258) and 77.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.3 pts per game (15th in the league) on 46.7% from the field. Defensively, the Grizzlies are able to force 14.8 turnovers every game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 19th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,827 surrendered on the season. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.2% (1,068 of 1,318) and they concede 44.7 boards per game as a unit. They concede 36.7% on shots from distance and they are ranked 16th in the league in opponents points per game (112.3).
In their play-in game, the Golden State Warriors took a loss by a final score of 103-100 when they played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors were able to corral 37 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for the matchup. They also turned it over 20 times, while earning 8 steals in this contest. The Lakers had 18 personal fouls for the game which got the Warriors to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 11 of those for a rate of 73.3%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Golden State converted 15 of their 34 attempts (44.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Warriors finished 37 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.6%. The Warriors allowed the Lakers to convert 37 out of their 91 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.7% for this game. They finished 32.3% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 31 and finished the contest at 19 of 25 from the charity stripe (76.0%). Concerning how they rebounded, Golden State allowed Los Angeles to get 49 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Stephen Curry was important for the Warriors in this game. He made 12 of 23 for this contest for a field goal rate of 52.2%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Curry tallied 37 points in his 40:37 mins of playing time and accumulated 3 assists in the matchup. Another guy that was important for Golden State was Andrew Wiggins. He walked away with 2 dimes in 39:25 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 10 out of 18 from the floor. Wiggins ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field while also notching 21 points and 3 total rebounds.
Golden State has a win-loss mark of 39-33 for the campaign. Golden State has scored 8,187 pts for the season (113.7 per game) and they grab 43.0 boards per game. The Warriors are responsible for committing 21.2 personal fouls every game and they go 78.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors are hitting on 46.8% from the floor, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.7 times per contest (1st in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per contest. The Warriors defensively are ranked 18th in the league in points allowed per game with 112.7. They have forced 15.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the floor (3rd in the NBA). The Golden State defense allows 35.9% from downtown (891 of 2,481) and their opposition knocks down 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They give up 23.8 assists and 47.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 7th and 27th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (+3.5)
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