- The Memphis Grizzlies’ Conference Odds have faded from +2500 to +5000 after news of Ja Morant’s bone bruise on his left knee..
- According to team officials, Morant could miss the rest of the playoffs with the injury that he suffered in Game 3 when Jordan Poole grabbed his knee.
- Memphis is down 1-3 in the series and is a +4 point underdog in Game 5 on Wednesday.
The Memphis Grizzlies have gone from the no. 2 seed in the West and the second-highest seed in the entire 2022 NBA Playoffs to the team with the longest conference odds entering Wednesday.
Grizzlies move from +2500 to +5000 to win West. https://t.co/augBB2m3qX
— John Ewing 🦁 (@johnewing) May 10, 2022
According to BetMGM, the Grizzlies’ odds to win the Western Conference has faded badly from +2500 to +5000 after a major injury has hit the team. Memphis not only has the longest odds to win the Western Conference but they have the longest conference odds among the remaining teams in the playoffs, including teams from the East.
Ja Morant Has a Bone Bruise on Right Knee
Breaking: Ja Morant has a bone bruise in his right knee and is doubtful for the remainder of the playoffs, the Grizzlies announced. pic.twitter.com/A73iMhDHvn
— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2022
The sudden odds drift came after the Grizzlies announced on Tuesday that superstar guard and 2022 Most Improved Player Ja Morant has a bone bruise in his right knee and is doubtful for the rest of the postseason.
Morant underwent an MRI after Morant hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of Game 3 when Golden State’s Jordan Poole grabbed his knee instead of the ball during a double-teaming sequence. Morant left the game and proceeded to miss Game 4 which the Grizzlies lost. Memphis will be fighting for their playoff lives when the teams meet again in Game 5 on Wednesday at the FedEx Forum.
Memphis went 20-5 SU without Morant during the regular season but obviously, the postseason is an entirely different animal with teams playing each other in series. In Game 4, the Grizzlies gave the Warriors a very tough challenge before coming up short 101-98 at Chase Center. With Morant confirmed to miss Game 4, the Grizzlies have opened as +4 point spread and +150 Moneyline underdogs for Game 5. The Grizzlies are also now a massive +1750 underdog to win the series.
Grizzlies Led for 47:15 in Game 4
48 minutes of Game 4:
Grizzlies led for 47:15
Warriors led for 0:45 pic.twitter.com/N5a3OwWMgB
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 10, 2022
Memphis played well for most of Game 4. It’s just that they didn’t when it mattered most. The Grizzlies had the lead for 47 minutes and 15 seconds with the Warriors trailing the entire way until Steph Curry made two free throws that gave the Dubs the 94-93 lead with 45 seconds left to play in the game. Golden State didn’t give the lead back.
It was a tough loss for Memphis which led by seven points at the start of the 4th quarter and were up 76-64 with 10:35 left in the game after two made foul shots by Jaren Jackson Jr. But Steph Curry exploded for 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors scored more in the final period (39) than they did during the entire first half of the game (38). Golden State will gun for the series clincher in Game 5.
Down 3-1 in the series, the Grizzlies are now a massive +1750 underdogs to win the series at the BetOnline App. Memphis opened as a +210 underdog in the series despite having the home-court advantage. They were just a +650 prior to Game 4 but with Memphis needing to win out, they are now heavy underdogs to advance to the Conference Finals. In the history of the NBA playoffs, only 13 teams out of 269, or only 4.8% have won a playoff series after trailing 1-3.