Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 5/1/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-2)
FedExForum is the location where the Memphis Grizzlies will take on the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Memphis is 2-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 217.5.
The Warriors took home the win by a score of 102-98 to close out the Nuggets in 5 games in their last contest. Regarding fouls, the Warriors ended up walking away with 22 and the Nuggets finished the game with 14 fouls. They made 6 out of their 29 tries from long range. Denver ended up going 69.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 20 of their 29 tries. Additionally, Denver grabbed 36 boards (14 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Denver doled out 50 assists and had 26 steals for the matchup. When discussing the defense, Golden State allowed 44.4% from the field on 36 of 81 shooting. They also distributed 28 assists for the game as well as creating 5 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they earned 37 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Warriors knocked down 15 of their 21 shots for a rate of 71.4%. Golden State ended the contest having earned a 45.1% FG percentage (37 of 82) and converted 13 of their 31 three-point attempts.
Stephen Curry is one guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up finishing with 30 points on 10 of 22 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Curry walked away from this one shooting 45.5% from the field and dished out 5 dimes.
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Golden State steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 53-29 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per game and as a team they are committing 21.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Golden State is grabbing 45.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 2,223 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Warriors are hitting 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc (1,176 of 3,231) and 76.9% from the free throw line. They average 111.0 pts per game (15th in the league) while shooting 46.9% from the floor.
Defensively, the Warriors have forced 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.0 fouls. They concede 33.9% from beyond the arc while they are 3rd in basketball in points per game allowed (105.5). The Warriors defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 43.8% (3,111 of 7,098) and they concede 42.6 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 2nd in the league in giving up assists with 1,875 surrendered for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Grizzlies went home victorious with a score of 114-106 against the Timberwolves in Game 6 of their 1st round series. The Grizzlies recorded 39 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards totaling 56 for the matchup. They turned it over 18 times, while getting 7 steals in this game. The Timberwolves were called for 11 fouls in this game which took the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a rate of 79.2%. In terms of 3-pointers, Memphis knocked down 15 of their 33 tries (45.5%). When all was said and done, the Grizzlies finished 40 for 87 from the field which had them sitting at 46.0%. The Grizzlies permitted the Timberwolves to bury 38 of their 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.2% in this contest. They went 38.7% from downtown by going 12 out of 31 and ended up going 18 of 26 at the free throw line (69.2%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Memphis permitted Minnesota to get 31 in total (6 offensive).
Brandon Clarke ended up being important for the Grizzlies in this game. Clarke recorded 17 points in his 33 mins on the court and had 5 assists in the game. He converted 5 out of 9 in this game for a rate of 55.6%, and earned 11 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 56-26 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.1% from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. Memphis has earned 9,480 pts for the season (115.6 per game) and they average 49.2 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 26.0 times per contest (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. The Grizzlies are responsible for committing 19.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.4% from the free throw line.
The Grizzlies on the defensive end are ranked 12th in the league in points per game surrendered with 109.9. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (10th in the league). The Memphis defense allows 34.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (987 of 2,828) and their opponents are making 77.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.0 dimes and 43.0 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 16th and 7th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Memphis (+2) and under 217.5 points
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