Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Bet Tips & Pick

Here are The Game Day’s Jazz vs Grizzlies prediction and bets for the 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Series. After our Jazz-Grizzlies Round 1 series preview, check out our 2021 NBA Playoffs Power Rankings & our full 2021 NBA Playoffs Guide.

Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Bet Tips & Pick

Utah Jazz 2020-2021 Recap

Even Jazz fans didn’t think their team would be the top-seeded team in the entire NBA Playoffs, but here we are. The managed to avoid falling off, despite having injuries to their starting backcourt.

Mike Conley returned for the final two games, but Donovan Mitchell has been out for over a month. He is expected to return for Game 1 of this series, but the possibility of there being some rust early on is obvious. Still, Utah has proven the ability to win without him. They have also proven they will be tough to beat at home, with just five losses all season.

Any squad facing the Jazz must find a way to win at least one game in Utah.


Memphis Grizzlies 2020-2021 Recap

The Grizzlies truly earned their spot in the playoffs. First, they avoided a Spurs comeback in their first play-in game, then they outpaced Stephen Curry and the Warriors, winning the game in overtime. Packed with young talent, the Grizzlies have won seven of their past eight games, and their confidence should be sky high. Their inexperience showed at times during the season, but so did their depth of talent. Memphis has shown the ability to win by hitting threes or scoring in the paint, making them a dangerous eight seed.


Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Matchup

After pulling off the regular-season sweep over Memphis, Utah will look to keep that momentum going in the postseason. However, the Grizzlies actually match up well with the Jazz. Jonas Valanciunas will need to have a big series against Rudy Gobert, while Dillon Brooks will need to play solid defense against Donovan Mitchell.

This is easier said than done, obviously. However, Brooks’ solid defense against Curry in the play-in game was noticeable, and he should win battles in this series. To move on, however, he will need to win the war, which I don’t think he is equipped to do.


Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

Jazz in 6 Games: The Grizzlies will not roll over and die. However, I also don’t think they’ll be able to win in Utah. Their best chance will be Game 1, riding their momentum from last game. Still, it won’t be enough, as the experienced, disciplined Jazz team will stay composed and get past this dangerous, young Memphis squad.


Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Bet Pick

Series Spread: Utah Jazz -1.5 (-400) at BetMGM

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Jazz To Win Series vs Grizzlies By 2+ Games

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As long as the Jazz wins this series before Game 7, this bet will hit. This is much more lucrative than betting Utah to win the series straight up, which is -1400 odds. The Grizzlies are a good team, but experience will ultimately prevail in this first-round matchup.

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  • Celtics +300 to win NBA Title

    The Boston Celtics are +300 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics are +300 ahead of their home date with the Warriors for Game 6. We will see a considerable odds shift if the Celtics can win Game 6 on their homecourt. Boston was +310 after Game 5.

  • Celtics vs. Warriors over/under listed at 210

    The over/under for Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors is listed at 210, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210, down from the 210.5 it opened at. 60 percent of the public action has come on the over.

  • Warriors -400 to win NBA Championship

    The Golden State Warriors are -400 to win the NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Golden State now sits at a prohibitive -400 to win the NBA Championship. For comparison, Stephen Curry MVP is -360. Andrew Wiggins, the dark horse to steal the award with a big close-out game, sits at +2000.

  • Celtics +310 to win NBA Championship

    The Boston Celtics are +310 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics peaked as high as high as -230 prior to Game 3 and now sit at an attractive +310. Boston entered the season at +4000. The odds could swing wildly again if Boston wins Game 6.

  • Warriors vs. Celtics over/under listed at 210.5

    The over/under for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics is listed at 210.5, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210.5, down from the 212.5 it opened at. 72 percent of the public action has come on the over.