Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies Preview
While the Golden State Warriors are obviously a lock for the playoffs and the Memphis Grizzlies have been eliminated, the Warriors still have something to play for as they are in a tie with the Denver Nuggets in a battle for playoff seeding.
The Warriors are currently tied for first in the Western Conference with a 50-23 record, won their most recent game and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Memphis is 13th in the West with a 30-44 record. They won their last game and are 5-5 in their last 10.
The last time these teams played, Marc Gasol was still a member of the Grizzlies roster. On December 17, Golden State had no problems dispatching the Grizzlies 110-93. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 23 points. Gasol led the Grizzlies with 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Arena: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Channel: NBCSBA, FSSE-MEM
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Golden State Warriors have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA with several sub .500 teams, including tonight’s matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, but don’t expect the Warriors to lose focus now.
“It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through physically, emotionally and spiritually just trying to defend the crown,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The great thing about this team is they always bounce back because they have so much pride. What they have accomplished is just remarkable.”
The Warriors had to bounce back recently, as they lost 91-126 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday without Stephen Curry. With Curry back, the Warriors topped the Detroit Pistons the next night 121-114.
Curry led the charge for the Warriors with 26 points and nine rebounds. His fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson had 24 points. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green had 14 points apiece and they both led the Warriors in assists with 11 and eight respectively.
Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup
The Memphis Grizzlies have been inconsistent in their final stretch run of the season. They’ve had some big wins over the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, but have had letdowns against the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Grizzlies will be looking to build off of their 115-103 win over the Thunder on Monday night. All five of their starters scored in double figures, and the win came without the services of Mike Conley and Joakim Noah.
“That’s what we’ve been talking about for a while: Just how hard can guys compete? Can they raise their level of competition when it matters most?” Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said. “Our guys play extremely hard. And when you do that consistently, good things will happen for you.”
One nice surprise for the Grizzlies lately has been forward Bruno Caboclo, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds against OKC. Tyler Dorsey and Delon Wright also stepped up in Conley’s absence. Wright had 18 points and 13 assists, while Dorsey had 21 points and eight rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas rounded out the effort with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
The Warriors are heavy 10.5-point favorites to win tonight’s game on the road. Golden State is 24-12 away from Oracle Arena, and they are 47-19 as the favorite. Memphis is 20-18 at home and 17-32 as the underdog.
The over/under is 217 points and Golden State is -600 on the moneyline.
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