Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies Game 3 Pick
Utah Jazz (52-20, 41-31) at Memphis Grizzlies (38-34 SU, 42-30 ATS), 5/29/21
When: 9:30 pm ET Saturday, May 29
Where: FedEx Forum
Point spread: Utah -5/Mem +5 (Risk less every bet >>>)
After splitting the first two games of this best-of-seven Western Conference affair on the road, the eighth-seeded Grizzlies get the next two games at home, beginning with Game 3 Saturday night. While we don’t put much credence in the “zig-zag” theory of NBA playoff betting, it hit for a winner with Utah on Game 2 of this series. Will Game 3 zig-zag, too? And who do we like here for our free NBA playoffs betting pick?
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
The NBA playoffs betting market opened Utah at -5.5 for this Game 3, with an over-under of right around 224. Early betting action then dipped that spread to -5.
Any bettors out there thinking Memphis might win this game outright could get +187 on the NBA betting money line at Pinnacle.
Jazz-Grizzlies NBA Playoffs Betting Preview
Eighth-seeded Memphis grabbed the opener of this series last Sunday 112-109, winning outright as dogs of 7.5 points on the spread and while getting +265 on the NBA betting money line. Top-seeded Utah, then with G Donovan Mitchell back in the lineup, took Game 2 Wednesday night 141-129, covering the spread as a 10-point favorite.
The Jazz led Memphis by as much as 22 points in the first half Wednesday and 74-54 into the locker room. Utah then allowed the Grizzlies to get within 93-91 late in the third quarter but used a 28-13 run to re-establish control and hung on from there for the victory and the money.
Both teams shot a hot 54 percent from the floor Wednesday, but the Jazz won the battle on the boards 42-33. Also, after hitting just 12/47 shots from 3-point range in Game 1, Utah shot 19/39 from long range in Game 2.
Game 2 also flew past its over/under of 220.5 with plenty of time to spare.
The Jazz finished 14 games ahead of Memphis in the regular-season standings, 52-30 to 38-34, and swept three games from the Grizzlies by an average score of 118-110, going 2-1 ATS along the way. One of those games played very close; another involved a Memphis rally that made things close late, and the other game played as basically a Utah blow-out.
Jazz-Grizzlies NBA Betting Trends
- The Jazz played 39-14 SU, 31-22 ATS with Mitchell in the lineup this season.
- The Jazz played 22-14 SU, 21-15 ATS vs. teams that made the playoffs this season.
- The Grizzlies played 16-21 SU, 23-14 ATS against teams that made the playoffs this season.
- The Jazz played 21-15 SU, 18-18 ATS on the road this season.
- The Grizzlies played 18-18 SU, 20-16 ATS at home this season.
- The Jazz played 17-15 ATS this season as road favorites.
- The Grizzlies played 8-5 ATS this season as home dogs.
Totals split 36-36 in Grizzlies games this season, which averaged 226 total points.
Unders played 38-33 in Jazz games this season, which averaged 224 points.
Overs are 4-1 in Jazz-Grizzlies games this season, which are averaging 235 total points against an average over/under of 222.
Free NBA Playoffs Pick
Utah is 4-1 against Memphis this season, with an average margin of victory of nine points. Plus, playing on the road means the spread is a bit more amenable. We’re betting the Jazz here for our free NBA playoff pick for Saturday. Bet this weekend’s picks FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use bonus code PREDICT100).
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