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Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds Update: Can Memphis Get Right vs. Golden State?

The Grizzlies continue a mid-season road trip when they face the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in San Francisco. It’s been a trip to forget so far with three-straight losses, including a 33-point embarrassment at the hands of the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

Someone once said “Go west, young man,” but for Memphis, that’s been an inhospitable prospect. This season, 11 of its 16 losses have come to teams west of the Mississippi River. The odds available at the top online sportsbooks for Wednesday’s game against the defending NBA champs in the Bay Area show the road-weary Grizzlies as underdogs.

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Grizzlies Odds vs. Warriors, Jan. 25

DraftKingsMemphis +3.5 (-110)
Golden State -3.5 (-110)
Memphis +140
Golden State -165
Over 245.5 (-110)
Under 245.5 (-110)
BetMGMMemphis +3.5 (-110)
Golden State -3.5 (-110)
Memphis +135
Golden State -160
Over 245.5 (-110)
Under 245.5 (-110)
CaesarsMemphis +3.5 (-110)
Golden State -3.5 (-110)
Memphis +130
Golden State -155
Over 245 (-110)
Under 245 (-110)

Last Christmas the Warriors and the Grizzlies renewed a rivalry that goes back to last season’s Western Conference semifinals. The Dubs followed Jordan Poole to a 123-109 victory. Last spring, the Grizzlies were defeated by the Warriors in six spirited games in the NBA Playoffs.

The Warriors are coming off a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Over has hit in three of the Warriors’ previous five games. Golden State has battled injuries all season, as well as the aging of their key foundational players. They sit 10th in the Western Conference with a losing mark of 24-25.

Though the oddsmakers at DraftKings price Memphis as 3.5-point dogs, unless Shannon Sharpe is on the floor flapping his gums again, it won’t be a problem for the Grizzlies to flip the score in their favor. The Grizzlies are 11-13 away from home, but they are one of the most efficient teams in the league.

According to Basketball Reference, the Grizzlies’ 4.54 SRS ranks second in the NBA. SRS (Simple Rating System) is a measure of the strength of schedule and margin of victory and is represented in points above the league average. Only the Boston Celtics have a better SRS than Memphis this season.

Injury Notes: Center Steven Adams will miss 3-5 weeks with a PCL sprain to his right knee … Guard John Kanchar, who averages 23 minutes per game for coach Taylor Jenkins, will miss Wednesday’s game against the Dubs with an unspecified injury. 

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Grizzlies NBA Odds Trends

  • Memphis is 4-6 ATS as an underdog in its last 10
  • Memphis is 2-8 straight-up as an underdog in its last 10
  • Memphis is 7-13 ATS on the road in its last 20

Despite dropping three consecutive games on their current trip, the Grizzlies remain near the top of the Western Conference pecking order, with the second-best record. With a 20-3 mark at home in Tennessee, the Grizzlies hold the advantage to push in the last two-plus months for the West’s best record and the top seed going into the NBA Playoffs.

DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Grizzlies at +900 to win the NBA Finals, and prices the team at +390 to win the Western Conference. They are overwhelming favorites to win the Southwest Division (-1200 from DraftKings). 

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Memphis Grizzlies at the Trade Deadline

Ahead of schedule is how you can best describe Memphis, which gets more minutes from players under the age of 26 than any other team in the NBA. Long in the tooth, these Grizzlies are not.

But better is always more desirable than “all set,” and the Grizzlies’ Zach Kleiman — a GM who has shown he will shuffle his roster — could add another piece before the playoff run.

The Grizzlies score in an up-and-down fashion that wears on opposing teams, and they elevate above the rim, led by All-Star Ja Morant. But, defense is a need.

Toronto guard OG Anunoby is being shopped, and he’s made it clear he wants out of Canada. Anunoby is a quick small forward who can guard small bigs and big smalls. He’s averaging more than 17 points per game but wouldn’t get as many shots in Memphis. The obstacle? Multiple NBA teams are pursuing Anunoby. Would he fit with the Grizz? Well, Anunoby is just 26, so why not stay young?

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