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Steven Adams OVER 10.5 Rebounds (-125)
Grizzlies center Steven Adams only recently returned from his bout with COVID-19. After playing just six minutes in the Grizzlies’ Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Adams returned to form snatching 15 boards in Game 4 and 13 boards in Game 5.
Steven Adams just cracked the NBA's top 100 All-Time Playoffs offensive rebounds list.— KJ (@kelwright) May 12, 2022
Memphis excelled on the glass in the regular season, finishing tops in the NBA in rebounding. Adams was an instrumental piece to the Grizzlies’ success on the interior, averaging 10 rebounds per game.
Since losing star point guard Ja Morant, Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has opted to counter the Warriors’ small lineups with physicality and size on the interior. It was the contrast of styles that threw Golden State off their game in Memphis’ 39-point onslaught in Game 5.
The Warriors will aim to speed the pace up tonight while Memphis will likely attack the rim and crash the glass hoping to eliminate second chances for the potent Golden State offense.
Steven Adams is the first player, all-time, to play less than 50 minutes and have combined stats from back-to-back playoff games totalling:— Steven Adams Stats (@funakistats) May 12, 2022
12+ offensive rebounds
6+ assists pic.twitter.com/H3j2r3MLfU
Rebounding has been the recipe for the Grizzlies in the postseason. In fact, Memphis has won the battle of the boards in five of its six playoff wins thus far.
Already without Andre Iguodala and Gary Payton II, Golden State has listed Otto Porter Jr. (right foot soreness) as questionable for tonight’s Game 6. Though Porter doesn’t typically operate in the post, his 6’8” stature and 4.6 RPG would be a noticeable absence for the Warriors.
The Grizzlies (+8) are once again in the underdog role with the total set at 218.5, per BetMGM. However, playing as an underdog hasn’t been much of an issue for Memphis this season. The Grizzlies held an impressive 19-16 mark in the underdog role during the regular season.
Grizzlies are an 8-point underdog at Golden State tonight. They were 19-16 as a dog this season, and 10-12 as a road dog. Warriors are 34-9 as a home favorite (impressive).— Drew Hill (@DrewHill_DM) May 13, 2022
Something else notable: Grizzlies were 39-16 with one day off this season. Warriors were 32-22.
Not only are the Warriors down multiple role players, but head coach Steve Kerr remains out due to COVID-19 leaving Mike Brown to serve as the interim head coach. There are too many variables on both sides of this matchup making Adams’ player prop the safest bet on the board.
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