- The Memphis Grizzlies hold 80% of the total bets placed on their game against the San Antonio Spurs.
- The Los Angeles Lakers have 70% of bets in their game against the Golden State Warriors.
LAS VEGAS—The NBA’s Western Conference Play-In games are ready to tip off.
The first game of the slate is between the ninth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and tenth seeded San Antonio Spurs. Following that game is a classic matchup between the seven seed Los Angeles Lakers and the eight-seed Golden State Warriors.
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With the odds for the Play-In games posted on legal sports betting sites, one statistic that bettors should be taking into consideration are the betting splits for the game and where the most action is being put.
Memphis Grizzlies Vs. San Antonio Spurs Odds/Splits
Memphis Grizzlies Vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
- Moneyline: Grizzlies (-175) vs. Spurs (+155)
- Spread: Grizzlies -4
- Total: 222.5 Points
Going into the game, the Memphis Grizzlies NBA odds are being seen as the favorites being that not only did they finish the regular season five games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs, but they also finished off the season scorching hot. The Grizzlies capped off their last eight games of the season going 6-2 while the Spurs finished off on a four-game losing streak.
The Grizzlies also hold the advantage against the spread over the Spurs as well as they finished the year going 42-30 ATS while the Spurs went 38-32-2. Not to mention the Spurs have not performed well against the spread against Western Conference teams either as they went 18-23-1 on the year.
Giving bettors the extra push that they need, most of the action being placed on DraftKings Sportsbook is sided with the Memphis Grizzlies. On the moneyline, the Grizzles own 79% of the betting handle and 80% of total bets placed. As for the spread, they own 56% of the total handle, however, just 36% of the total bets.
Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Golden State Warriors Odds/Splits
Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
- Moneyline: Lakers (-225) vs. Warriors (+185)
- Spread: Lakers -5.5
- Total: 218.5 Points
This matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors is expected to be one for the ages and LeBron James and Stephen Curry will once again meet in a playoff game. Going into the game, the Lakers are being seen as the favorites being that when fully healthy, they have seen much more success than the Warriors.
Now, although the Lakers are favored, this is one game that NBA bettors should really be diving into as both teams finished their season on a hot streak as the Lakers went 5-0 in their last five games while the Warriors finished going 6-0 in their last six games.
However. Looking at their previous three meetings, the Lakers have gone 2-1 in those games with 20+ point wins.
Looking at the spread here, although being favored, the Lakers have not looked well ATS. They are 2-3 ATS in their last five games, 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games as the favorite, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games when coming off of a two-day rest.
It has been the complete opposite for the Golden State Warriors as they are currently on a 6-game streak covering the spread. They are also 5-1 ATS in their last six games when going in as the underdog.
As for where the money lies, the Lakers are seeing heavy action on the moneyline with 75% of the handle and 70% of total bets. The Warriors though have control of the spread with 70% of the handle and 85% of total spread bets.
Those that are looking to watch on with their bets, can do so with the first Play-In game beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
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