The Golden State Warriors finished with one of the best regular-season records of all time (67-15), and now they are trying to prove that they’re one of the best teams ever period. However, their second-round opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies, are making this a mighty challenge. The Grizzlies actually had control of the series at 2-1, but they now find themselves having lost two straight and on the brink of elimination. There’s plenty at stake as we head into tonight’s contest, which we’ll discuss in a moment, but first, here’s the Game 6 betting line:
Game Time: Friday (May 15th) at 10:30pm ET on ESPN
GTBets.eu Betting Line:
Golden State -5 (-110) Over 193.5 (-110)
Memphis (-110) Under 193.5 (-110)
The fact that the Warriors are favored with a -5 line on the road shows just how much we respect them. Then again, Memphis is a very tough defensive team, and they’re definitely not afraid of the challenge that Golden State presents. But do they have enough left in the tank to beat the Warriors and force a Game 7? Let’s discuss the matter below by looking at some critical points for Game 6 betting.
Golden State’s Bench proved the Difference Maker
It’s easy to look at the combined 9-for-19 three-point shooting by Klay Thompson and Steph Curry as a big factor on why this team won Game 5 by a dominating score of 98-78. After all, Thompson and Curry have been crushing souls with their outside shooting all season. But what went unnoticed by some is how effective the Warriors bench was. Led by Andre Iguodala (16 pts on 7-of-10 shooting), the reserves combined to shoot 15-for-25 from the field. With as tough as Golden State’s starters are, you can’t expect to win when their bench does this to you.
Tony Allen is needed on the Court
However offensively limited he may be (exposed in Game 4), Tony Allen is a very important player to this Golden State team. Sitting out of Game 5 due to a hamstring injury, Allen watched helplessly as the Grizzlies were exploited by Golden State’s guards again and again. Given how well everybody played on the Warriors, they probably would have won anyways. However, with Game 6 being in Memphis, they need Allen on the court as much as possible, making Golden State as uncomfortable as possible.
When he gets going, Marc Gasol is probably the one Grizzlies player that Golden State can’t stop. However, he stopped himself last game while only shooting 8-for-22 from the field en route to 18 points. If Gasol could have made three or four more of these shots, putting him around 50%, then his team may have at least had a chance. Assuming there’s any possibility for Memphis to win tonight, they need a combination of a hot Gasol and Allen playing regular minutes.
Golden State may be Too Good No Matter what
There’s a reason why the Warriors won 67 games in the regular season – they’re an excellent team! And while Memphis tripped them up in the beginning, this young Warriors squad smells blood in the water and will likely finish off the series tonight. Expect plenty more three’s from Curry and Thompson, along with more quality bench production from Golden State’s reserves.
Final Score Prediction: Golden State 103 – Memphis 91