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NBA Play-in Preview & Tips, Wednesday 19th May

Tips, Previews and all you need for Thursday's NBA play-in fixtures.

A double-header worth of NBA play-in fixtures greet us when the Los Angeles Lakers meet the Golden State Warriors, while the Memphis Grizzlies face the San Antonio Spurs. 

Our team has run the magnifying glass over both games and zoned in on the best bets to fill up those betting accounts.

San Antonio @ Memphis

May 20th 9:30am

The San Antonio Spurs trek over to the Fedex Forum for a play-in bout against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday morning. 

Greg Popovich’s men bring a four-game losing streak to this game but have faced three of the best teams of the NBA in the process. 

Back-to-back losses against the Phoenix Suns were preceded by losses to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. 

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, fell short of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday after a withering five-game winning run which confirmed their play-in spot. 

From a head to head to perspective, it’s the Grizzlies who went 2-1 in the season series against the Spurs. 

Interestingly, the visiting team has got the win on each occasion with the Spurs victorious last time they attended the Fedex Forum. 

However, the big factor in favour of the home team is Jonas Valanciunas. 

The Lithuanian centre missed those all of those games against San Antonio and his influence alone is likely to prove the difference. 

Suggested Bet: Memphis Grizzlies -4.5 at $1.99

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Memphis Grizzlies -3.5
Leg 2: J. Valanciunas over 20.5 points
Leg 3: J. Valanciunas over 11.5 rebounds
Combined odds = $4.75

Golden State @ Los Angeles Lakers

May 20th 12:00pm

This is the pick of the play-in games when 2020 NBA Championship duo Anthony Davis and LeBron James lead the Los Angeles Lakers in a clash against Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. 

Curry took out the 2020/21 scoring title after another enormous season saw him average 32 points per game heading into this match. 

He ended the regular season in fine style with a 46-point effort in the 113-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. 

The win ensured the Warriors kept intact a now six-game winning streak, while the Lakers 110-98 triumph over New Orleans means it brings a five-game winning run into this game. 

The Lakers held sway in the regular season over the Warriors having won the in-season series 2-1 with crushing 117-91 and 128-97 wins. 

It was a spread of performers for the Lakers in both victories and it is that form which will see them on their way to defending the 2020 crown. 

Suggested Bet: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 at $1.96

Suggested Same Game Multi
Leg 1: Los Angeles Lakers win
Leg 2: Total points scored over 219.5
Leg 3: L. James under 25.5 points
Leg 4: S. Curry under 37.5 points
Combined odds = $12

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