Have Grizzlies Been Snake-Bitten in the NBA Postseason?

Have Grizzlies Been Snake-Bitten in the NBA Postseason?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

How have the Memphis Grizzlies performed in the NBA postseason?

With the playoffs set to begin next week, BetTennessee.com – your source for sportsbooks in Tennessee - wanted to look at the NBA teams that have struggled the most in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season. Whether it is not making it out of the first round or losing to lower-seeded opponents, we found the teams that just can’t seem to make noise come April.

Using a formula, we were able to combine each of the three categories to come up with the Top 10 teams that have been snake-bitten when reaching the NBA postseason.

You won’t get odds on Tennessee sports betting apps on these rankings, but you certainly can get a line on the Grizzlies in the upcoming playoffs.

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Most Snake-Bitten Since 2010-11 Season

RankTeam1st-Round Exit %Higher-SeededFirst-Round ExitsHigher-SeededSecond-Round Exits
1πŸ€ LA Clippers44%31
2πŸ€ Portland Trail Blazers66.7%20
3πŸ€ Chicago Bulls57.1%20
4πŸ€ Brooklyn Nets71.4%11
5πŸ€ Denver Nuggets57.1%11
6πŸ€ Memphis Grizzlies55.6%11
7πŸ€ Orlando Magic100%10
8πŸ€ OKC Thunder44%11
T-9πŸ€ New York Knicks25%11
T-9πŸ€ Indiana Pacers66.710


Will Memphis Advance in the West?

The Grizzlies (50-30) have had their share of issues this season, highlighted by the suspension and absence of star guard Ja Morant recently.

The Grizz did a great job in Morant’s absence. Now, with Morant back, they have solidified the second seed in the Western Conference, just 2.5 behind the top-seeded Denver Nuggets.

In their home finale on Tuesday, Memphis upended the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-109, to notch their 35th home victory of the season, the most by any team since the Warriors accomplished the feat (36-5) in the 2016-17 season. 

The 50-win season was the second in a row and sixth in franchise history.

Since the 2010-11 season, Memphis is sixth on the list above with a 55.6% first-round exit percentage. The Grizzlies have made the postseason in two straight seasons and nine of the last 12, including a 4-2 series loss to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in last season's Western Conference semifinals. Last year was the first time the Grizzlies advanced past the first round in their last four playoff appearances.


Future Odds for Playoff Success

As of Thursday afternoon at BetMGM Sportsbook in Tennessee, the Grizzlies have been listed as the fourth favorite (+600) to win the Western Conference. Only the Phoenix Suns (+225), Nuggets (+300) and Warriors (+500) have better odds.

The bigger picture has Memphis (+1400) as the No. 7 choice to win its first NBA Championship. The Milwaukee Bucks (+250), Boston Celtics (+350), Suns (+500), Nuggets (+750) are ahead of them, as are the Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers (both at +1000).

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco is a reporter for BetTennessee.com. Lou had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.