Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies 5/3/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Matchup Preview (5/3/22)

What an electric Game One! On the game’s final possession, after Klay Thompson missed back-to-back free throws and the referees blew an obvious call, Ja Morant had an opportunity to win Game One on a scoop layup after driving to the hoop. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, his attempt came off the glass too hard, and the Warriors stole one on the road. It felt like the Grizzlies threw some of their best punches at Golden State in that first game, so the loss likely was somewhat demoralizing. Memphis got a massive game from Jaren Jackson Jr, who has struggled to stay on the floor during the playoffs due to foul trouble. Jackson finished with 33 points and ten rebounds on a lethal 6-for-9 from behind the arc! He has shown flashes of this quality of play many times before, but the Grizzlies will require this in virtually every game if they stand a chance against one of the most talented teams in the NBA that is getting hot again at the right time. Take a look below for further analysis on this game and the series!

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds

Golden State will not “phone it in” for Game Two, but its mission is accomplished: win one game in Memphis. Now, the Warriors have the momentum, regardless of the outcome of this game. The return of Draymond Green should play a significant impact in this game, but I still think it will be a narrow margin. I will lean towards the Grizzlies against the spread; however, I’m not thrilled about the line in this game. It’s razor-sharp.

The point total currently sits at 227.5 points. Despite Game One being relatively high-scoring, I expect this game to finish in the mid-220s; however, I don’t love the line enough to bet on this popular.

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How To Watch

Date: 5/3/22
Time: 9:30 PM ET
Arena: FedExForum – Memphis, TN
Channel: TNT

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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Gary Payton II
SF: Klay Thompson
PF: Andrew Wiggins
C: Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors Analysis

After Draymond Green got ejected in the second quarter and the Warriors got down by double-digits, it was not looking great for Golden State. A solid third quarter allowed the Warriors to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the outcome was still very unclear. The game’s hero was undoubtedly Jordan Poole, who posted a team-high 30 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds. Poole has played like an All-Star in the playoffs, giving the Warriors yet another elite shooter to torture opponents. Additionally, Steph Curry has been incredible in the playoffs. Even though he has only played roughly 33 minutes per game in his past five games (and merely started two of those), he has averaged 30 points per game on 50% from the field and 40% from deep. This is especially astounding when you consider that Poole has eaten up a substantial amount of volume! If Curry and Poole continue this exceptional play, the Warriors will likely be champions again.

Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup

PG: Ja Morant
SG: Desmond Bane
SF: Dillon Brooks
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr.
C: Xavier Tillman

Memphis Grizzlies Analysis

It felt like Memphis would come away with a win after Klay Thompson missed back-to-back free throws and the refs missed an obvious out-of-bounds call. This combination of events, along with the ejection of Draymond Green in the second quarter, seemed to point to a finish of manifest destiny. Additionally, the Grizzlies shot 40% from deep, including an unbelievable 6-for-9 effort from Jaren Jackson Jr. Despite all of that, they came up short. The most non-statistical explanation for that is the lack of getting 50-50 balls; it seemed like every time the Grizzlies needed to grab a rebound on the defensive glass or get a stop, they couldn’t do it. For Memphis to grab a win in this second game, it will need to shoot every bit as well as it did in the first game and ensure that it plays with more discipline. There is no reason Memphis should be getting out-rebounded by the Warriors, especially at home. Memphis was the best rebounding team this season, and that is one of the few consistent areas it can rely on every game.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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