- What: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors
- Date: Sunday, December 25, 2022
- Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN
The first of two night games on the 2022 NBA Christmas schedule finds the No. 1 team in the Western Conference — the Memphis Grizzlies — against the 2022 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Memphis has a 19-10 record on the 2022-23 NBA season, which puts them 5.5 games ahead of Golden State, who are 14-16, in the Western Conference standings. Memphis has been excellent at home with a 13-2 record, but they have not been a strong road team, putting up a 6-8 record away from home. Meanwhile, Golden State has been much better at home (12-2) than they have played on the road (2-14.)
Before we dive into the betting breakdown for the 2022 Christmas Day NBA matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors picks – December 25, 2022
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Memphis Grizzlies breakdown
The Memphis Grizzlies were the preseason pick to win the Southwest Division in 2023, but they were not the favorite to triumph in the Western Conference. Right now, Memphis is the top team in the West, thanks in large part to the play of Ja Morant.
The 24-year-old Morant, leads the team in scoring (26.7), assists (7.7) and steals (1.1) on 32 minutes of play per game. Outside of Morant, the Grizzlies have four players scoring double digits per game and a fifth player who is close to that number. Dillon Brooks (18.3), Jaren Jackson Jr. (17.1), Tyus Jones (10.9) and Santi Aldama (10.1) are all scoring more than 10 points per game, while Brandon Clarke (9.9) is very close to hitting that number on a nightly basis. The team has been without its second-highest scorer, Desmond Bane (24.7) since mid-November with a toe injury.
Memphis averages 112.9 points per game on the road, while they give up 117.4 on the road.
Golden State Warriors breakdown
As of this writing, the Golden State Warriors injury report includes Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Steph Curry. If there is a bright spot to come out of that, Thompson and Green are both listed as day-to-day. The bad news is that Curry, who last played on December 14, is expected to miss a month with a shoulder injury. As for Wiggins, right now he is not expected to be out for a prolonged period.
Before he left the lineup with a shoulder injury, Steph Curry was leading the Warriors in points (30.0), assists (6.8) and minutes (34.4). Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins is the team leader in steals (1.4) while being the second-highest scorer on the team (19.1). Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole are also contributing their share of points with Thompson averaging 18.4 and Poole 18.2 points per game.
Golden State is the fourth-highest-scoring team at home for the 2023 NBA season with an average of 120.2 points per game. Golden State allows 109.9 points per game at home.
There is a great deal to consider when picking the Christmas Day matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors. The first thing to look at is if the Warriors will have a strong team on the court. The second thing to consider is how these teams play at home and on the road. The Warriors most recent home game was a 123-107 win over the Boston Celtics on December 10. The club will be away from the Chase Center until they face the Grizzlies on Christmas Day. I expect the return to their home court to give the Warriors a boost when they play the Grizzlies. If Golden State gets most of their injured stars back for the game, the best bet is to pick the Golden State Warriors to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Christmas.
Pick: Golden State Warriors to beat the Memphis Grizzlies.
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