The final game of the play-in tournament will take place on Friday, May 21 when the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The winner of this game will qualify for the NBA playoffs and will receive the No. 8 seed to match up with the Western Conference’s top-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round.
It appears likely the Warriors will continue to play without Kelly Oubre Jr. with a wrist injury, and Damion Lee is still battling back from a positive COVID-19 test. For the Grizzlies, they will be without Sean McDermott, who is dealing with a foot injury and hasn’t played since April 30th.
Grizzlies vs. Warriors, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Pick ATS: Warriors -5
How much longer can Stephen Curry carry this team? Well, we’ll say one more time. He has reached at least 30 points in eight of his last nine games, and he will likely need to do that again for Golden State to cover this number. It’s a little high given who the Warriors will be playing without, but we’re giving them the edge because they have plenty of postseason experience and success. Also, Golden State has covered the spread seven games in a row — that helps, too.
Player Prop: Draymond Green O9.5 assists (-118)
Draymond Green understands his role on the Warriors, which is why he shoots the ball just six times per game despite being third on the team in minutes per game. He will need to find the shooters like Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole for open 3-pointers. Green averages 8.9 assists per game but finished with at least nine assists in seven consecutive games.
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