Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies 5/11/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Matchup Preview (5/11/22)

The Golden State Warriors (3-1) will try to close out the Memphis Grizzlies (1-3) in Game 5 on Wednesday night. The Warriors narrowly won 101-98 in Game 4 despite the Grizzlies missing Ja Morant. It was one of the worst shooting nights for Golden State in a long time, as they started 1/18 (5.5%) from three and finished 9/37 (24.3%). Stephen Curry paced the team in scoring with 32 points, and he also had 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Klay Thompson scored 14 points on a terrible 6/20 from the field and 0/7 from three. Andrew Wiggins contributed a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Draymond Green added 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Off the bench, Jordan Poole had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists on 4/12 shooting. If the Warriors can take care of business in Game 5, they will get some much needed rest before facing the winner of Suns/Mavericks. 

The Grizzlies struggled with their shot all game; they finished with a 41/25/60 team shooting split. Tyus Jones filled in admirably for Ja Morant by contributing 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists on 8/18 from the field. Jaren Jackson Jr had 21 points, 5 blocks, and 2 steals, but he shot a 7/21 from the field and 0/7 from three. Steven Adams made his first start this series and posted a double-double (10 points, 15 rebounds). Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks combined for 20 points on 8/27 shooting, which wasn’t enough for the Grizzlies 2nd and 3rd option. Kyle Anderson added 17 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Ja Morant is out for Game 5, so Tyus Jones will get the start again.

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds

The spread for Game 5 is +4 Grizzlies, and I strongly believe the Warriors will cover. Morant was out for Game 4 and the Warriors only won by 3 points, but I am extremely skeptical that Memphis can keep it that close again. Curry, Klay, Poole, and Wiggins combined to shoot 5/29 (17.2%) from deep, which will not happen again. Draymond was only able to play 32 minutes because of foul trouble, so he should see more playing time. The Grizzlies also have problems that will haunt them in Game 5. Bane is fighting through an injury, Brooks’ shot looks broken, and Jackson Jr cannot stay out of foul trouble. The only thing desirable about Memphis in Game 5 is the fact that they have home-court.

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TV Schedule

Date: 5/11/22
Time: 9:30 PM ET
Arena: FedExForum – Memphis, TN
Channel: TNT

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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Jonathan Kuminga
C: Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors Analysis

Andrew Wiggins is leading all players in the Second Round at 3.5 offensive rebounds per game. The Warriors have been up and down in terms of their shooting, but Wiggins has constantly given them second chance opportunities. They play small with Draymond at center, so Wiggins’ ability to play above his height and frame has stopped Memphis from dominating the glass. If Memphis and Golden State take the same amount of shots, it is far more likely that the Warriors score more points given their lethal shooters. Wiggins has evened this as much as possible and given the Warriors a huge boost. 

If I am the Warriors, I am targeting Jackson Jr early and forcing him to defend drives often. He averaged 5.2 fouls in the First Round, and he is at 4.3 fouls this series. Jackson Jr is prone to chasing blocks and going for the highlight defensive play despite the risk of a foul. If Golden State can tag him with a few fouls early, then Memphis won’t be able to use his range on offense. He is the only player averaging at least 10 PPG besides Morant, so his scoring is crucial for the Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup

PG: Tyus Jones
SG: Desmond Bane
SF: Ziaire Williams
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr.
C: Steven Adams

Memphis Grizzlies Analysis

With Morant out, the Grizzlies need Brooks to lead the charge offensively. Bane would normally be thrust into that role, but a back injury is severely limiting his capabilities. Brooks has a 22.9 FG%, 22.2 3PT%, and the same amount of assists as turnovers. He cannot continue to brick shots while not facilitating. He must impose his will in at least one of those aspects, or the Memphis offense will fail like in Game 4. He averaged 18.4 PPG on a 43.2 FG% during the regular season, so the potential is there for him to drop 20+ points. 

Steven Adams started for the first time in this series and played 27 minutes after only playing a total of 6 minutes previously. His +13 plus minus in Game 4 was the highest mark for both teams. Adams dominated the boards and provided second chance opportunities through his 6 offensive rebounds. He cannot guard the perimeter, but his positives outweigh the negatives. Adams has a lifetime +29 plus minus in 27 career games against the Warriors, which is impressive considering the vast majority of them were when Golden State was dominating the league. Adams seems to play well against the Warriors; Memphis needs that trend to continue in Game 5. 

Braxton has been writing for Lineups since December 2021 with the majority of his articles focused on the NBA. He is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania where he has spent the last few years working with various UPenn athletics teams and contributing to the UPenn Sports Analytics Group.

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