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How the public is betting Grizzlies vs. Warriors in NBA play-in tournament

The Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors battle for a chance at the 8-seed in the Western Conference on Wednesday. We go over how the public is betting the game.

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The Memphis Grizzlies will play the Golden State Warriors on the road in the final game of the play-in tournament on Friday, May 21st at 9 p.m. ET. As a stand-alone game, Friday night’s matchup should receive quite a bit of interest from the betting public.

Grizzlies vs. Warriors betting splits

Below is a look at the betting splits among bettors at DraftKings Sportsbook.


Tons of bets and money is coming in on Golden State as expected. The Warriors are a popular team to bet, and they are getting 89% of the bets and 91% of the handle to cover the spread. We’re going to side with the public on this one given the Grizzlies lack the postseason experience the Warriors have even if Golden State is not a full strength without Klay Thompson this year.


The over is getting the majority of point total bets at 60%, but 57% of the money is headed toward the under. We’re taking the over in this spot even though neither team scored a ton in their first play-in tournament game. Golden State and Memphis average a high number of possessions compared to the rest of the NBA, so we’ll be rooting for scoring on Friday night.


Ninety-one percent of the the bets and handle are going to the Warriors to win this game outright. There is not a whole lot of value to be had in this bet with oddsmakers adjusting to minimize their risk in a completely one-sided wager. Still, we’d recommend betting Golden State to earn the victory over Memphis and clinch a spot in the NBA playoffs.

MEM-GSW Betting Splits

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
MEM Grizzlies +5 12% 12% Over 221.5 53% 63% +165 4% 11%
GS Warriors -5 88% 88% Under 221.5 47% 37% -200 96% 89%

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