The Golden State Warriors are the second team in NBA history to record 70 wins in a season and need to post three more to set the all-time victories mark. Golden State attempts to move closer to the 72-win record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls when it visits the slumping Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
The Warriors play two of their final three games against the Grizzlies with a trip to San Antonio in between the two contests. Golden State picked up win No. 70 by registering a 112-101 home win over the Spurs on Thursday. “Two teams in the history of this game have reached where we are right now,” point guard Stephen Curry told reporters. “It’s a proud moment and something that should be recognized.” Memphis suffered a 103-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday for its seventh defeat in eight games to drop it into sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN Southeast (Memphis)
LINE HISTORY: The highly motivated Warriors opened as 12.5-point road faves versus a Grizzlies team that is playing in back-to-back nights. The total opened at 210.
Warriors – SF K. Looney (out indefinitely, hip).
Grizzlies – C M. Gasol (out for season, foot), PG M. Conley (out for season, Achilles), PR B. Wright (out for season, knee), SG J. Adams (out indefinitely, knee).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Warriors (-14.6) – Grizzlies (-1) + home court (-3) = Warriors -10.5
WHAT SHARPS SAY: “They now need to win out to get to 73 and considering they play San Antonio twice (once on the road), for the first time all season the odds are NOT in their favor of passing MJ’s Bulls. While the Grizz are limping to the finish with only three wins in their past 14 games.” Covers Expert Power Sports.
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ABOUT THE WARRIORS (70-9, 43-34-2 ATS, 44-34-1 O/U): Golden State wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the West with the win over the Spurs and coach Steve Kerr would like to rest some of his key players during the final three games but knows he is going to face resistance. “Now that we have that, I’m inclined to give some guys some rest if they need it,” Kerr told reporters, “but I’ve sort of made a pact with the guys that if they are not banged up and they are not tired and if they want to go for this record or whatever.” Forward Draymond Green said most of the players are more interested in the victory mark than rest because this is likely the only opportunity to break the Bulls’ mark.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (42-37, 41-37-1, 44-33-2 O/U): Memphis is a shell of the team it was earlier this campaign before losing center Marc Gasol (foot) for the season and playing the last 17 games without standout point guard Mike Conley (Achilles). The deep slide has allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to pass the Grizzlies, and guard Tony Allen said the seeding isn’t the most important thing. “We ain’t ducking nothing,” Allen told reporters after scoring 25 points against Dallas. “We knew we’re in the playoffs. I think it’s going into the playoffs healthy. We shot ourselves in the foot in that aspect, staying in the fifth seed, so we can’t cry.”
* Warriors are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Memphis.
* Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last five versus Western Conference opponents.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Bettors are giving the Warriors the early edge, with 57 percent of wagers on the Dubs. When it comes to the total, 57 percent of wagers are also on the over.