Warriors vs. Grizzlies Game 2 Betting Trends: Another Scott Foster Situation Looms Tuesday (May 3)

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The Golden State Warriors hold a 1-0 series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies, but another Scott Foster betting trend looms in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Foster will be the lead official in the second game of the Western Conference series. As has been the case in many of his appearances this postseason, history shows a preference in this matchup.

Golden State is once again 2-point favorites after a 117-116 win in Game 1. The Warriors were anywhere from 1.5- to 2.5-point favorites in Game 1, and after a game that could've gone either way the market is holding steady.

If history repeats itself, Memphis could have the advantage.

According to BetLabs, teams down 1-0 in a playoff series are 18-10 against the spread (ATS) in Game 2 when Foster is the official in the last 10 years.

Another tidbit in the Grizzlies' favor? Since 2019, Ja Morant and Memphis are a perfect 6-0 ATS when Foster is the referee.

Neither of this data is enough to blindly back Memphis. Trends should be used for information — and sometimes just for entertainment — when considering a bet.

The Foster-Memphis connection paid off in the first round for the Grizzlies. Entering Game 6 between the Grizzlies and Timberwolves, the road favorite was 6-0 when Foster was the official. That became 7-0 following the 114-106 win that sent Memphis to the second round.

According to Action Network data, bettors are split down the middle on Game 2 as of Tuesday afternoon. Fifty percent of bets are on each side, but 54 percent of the money is on Golden State.

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