Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies 1/11/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Matchup Preview (1/11/22)
The Golden State Warriors will battle the Memphis Grizzlies for the third time this season. This game is the space-equivalent of two asteroids colliding: the Warriors have just returned star guard, Klay Thompson, after nearly 1,000 days away from an NBA court, while the Grizzlies have unexpectedly become a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Memphis has won nine straight games, including quality wins against the Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Many people have been excited about the direction that the Grizzlies were going. Still, no one outside the organization could have expected them to be borderline dominant at times, especially considering how inefficient they were on the defensive end at the beginning of the season. Now, Memphis has shot up to eighth in the NBA in defensive efficiency; in the first few months of the season, it was in the bottom-five.
On the other hand, Golden State has been great all season and now will be even better with the return of Klay Thompson. Thompson poured in 17 points in his first game back, which is pretty spectacular considering he has not played in an NBA game in so long. His return brings back not only offense, but a terrific addition to the league’s best defense. This game has all of the makings of a fantastic game, and I fully expect it to be close the entire way.
Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
The storm is coming for the rest of the NBA, and I think most players and coaches around the league recognize this. The Warriors were able to put together the best record in the league without the second-best shooter of all time in the backcourt: imagine what will happen when he is 100%, which will be sooner versus later. Like every great team, Golden State will drop a game every here and there, and it very likely could be against a surging Grizzlies team that has won nine straight games. With Draymond Green out, that makes Golden State a little more vulnerable on both ends. It should be a close match, but I like the fact that the Grizzlies are home dogs. If you can get them around +2 or +3, I’d take it.
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Time: 8:00 PM ET
Arena: FedExForum – Memphis, TN
Channel: NBA TV
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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
The Golden State Warriors are one stone away from looking like the NBA version of Thanos. They successfully returned Klay Thompson after he missed nearly three years due to two significant injuries. In his return, Thompson dropped 17 points, which is quite impressive considering the amount of time he missed. Once James Wiseman makes his return to the Warriors, they will be nearly as scary as those teams in the 2010s, which is a recipe for a championship. Golden State will be without one of its key players, Draymond Green, while Otto Porter Jr and Gary Payton II are questionable for this matchup. This could make the Warriors vulnerable in the paint, especially against the Grizzlies, who have several big bodies in their rotation. However, it could allow the Warriors to start Poole, Wiggins, Thompson, and Curry, who are all more than capable shooters. If the Warriors decide to bring Poole off the bench, I’m less confident in Golden State winning on the road.
Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup
Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
The Grizzlies have been a pleasant surprise this season. Everyone who knows basketball could tell that Ja Morant would be a star, but what he has done for this team is incredible. Memphis has had the talent, but now it has the culture necessary to be a contender in a tough Western Conference. Morant has helped lead the Grizzlies to nine straight wins, including several quality wins. They are a playoff-caliber team and could potentially get a win at home against the league’s best team, especially considering the Warriors will be without Draymond Green in this matchup.
Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Daily Fantasy Picks
The Golden State Warriors and their fans finally feel a huge weight off their shoulders with the return of star guard Klay Thompson. Thompson’s impact will likely not be felt in its full capacity for several weeks; however, we should expect him to return to form sooner versus later. In the meantime, you should target other Warriors players because he will likely be overvalued. Ultimately, it takes a while for anyone to re-acclimate to the speed of the NBA, especially after being out for several hundred days. For these reasons, I value Andrew Wiggins a lot in the coming days in DFS. Thompson’s return could scare some people off of Wiggins, but I think it will just free him up even more. Wiggins is unlikely to lose many minutes from Thompson’s return as he can be deployed at the two, three, or even four if the Warriors decide to play small-ball. The bonus of Thompson running off screens and defenses being forced to stay in his hip pocket at all times will free up Wiggins even more. With the way Wiggins has shot the ball this season, he will continue to see many good looks. As of mid-day on Sunday, Wiggins has registered 20+ point games in four of his past five outings, with his only sub-20-point game coming against Dallas, which was a bad all-around performance for the Warriors. Curry and Thompson will get a significant amount of attention, leaving Wiggins to reap all of the offensive benefits.
Desmond Bane has a legitimate case for the Most Improved Player in the NBA. Bane has turned into a legitimate scoring threat not only as a shooter but off the dribble as well. On the season, Bane has averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game on a 47/42/91 shooting split; however, he has exploded in his past seven games, averaging 22.9 points and 5.4 rebounds during that stretch. The Grizzlies are a playoff-caliber team, and Bane has proven he can be a primary or secondary scorer; therefore, Bane is the correct play on most nights.