WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 7:00PM CT
HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS- Grayson Allen (Out, Left Ankle)
GOLDEN STATE- Stephen Curry (Out, Hand); Jacob Evans (Out, Hip); Damion Lee (Out, Hand); Kevon Looney (Out, Hamstring); D’Angelo Russell (Out, Thumb); Klay Thompson (Out, Knee)
MEMPHIS- Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Jae Crowder, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas
GOLDEN STATE- Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, Draymond Green, Eric Pashcall, Willie Cauley-Stein
Well this definitely was not the matchup we thought we were going to see when the Grizzlies and Warriors faced off. Unfortunately, the Warriors are a completely different looking team with injuries ravaging their roster. They are a shell of their former selves, but that may mean good news for the Grizzlies as they are trying to get back in the win column after the beat down by Denver.
The Warriors come in here on a seven game losing streak with no real hope for the foreseeable future. They just lost D’Angelo Russell now to a thumb injury that will keep him out some weeks as well. The Warriors really just can not catch a (good) break, but do not feel too bad for the franchise as they’ve been so successful as of late. Coach Steve Kerr is just focused on improving the young players on this team such as Eric Paschall and Ky Bowman. Paschall has really brought his game to another level given the opportunity he now has.
For the Grizzlies, it will be continuing to improve and enjoy this home stretch the team has been on. They will look to shake off the last game and look forward to get a win they should get against an inferior team. Again, Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. will be the focal points of the game plan that Coach Taylor Jenkins serves up. Hopefully, the Grizzlies can take advantage of this game and walk away with a win.
Here’s one major thing to watch for in this one:
Winning the “Easy” Ones
The Grizzlies do not have many games on the schedule where they are the solid favorite. Most games are going to be a battle until the last minute with the team giving it their all to earn the victory. For tonight, this game is a game the Grizzlies should win. Their roster is better, and they are playing in front of a home crowd. Games like this are the ones good teams win. Memphis is building to become that, so it is crucial they put away their opponent tonight.
The Warriors will come into the Forum tonight without much fight. They are a beaten-down team with a roster filled with mostly young kids trying to get their opportunity in this league. The only way you keep a team like this competitive is if you give them life and something to build on early. It is imperative that the Grizzlies jump out early and smother any chance the Warriors have of getting that spark. If the Warriors are able to have life in this game, they could stick around enough to steal one away from the Grizzlies.
If the Grizzlies just stick to their game plan they have had over the past few games, the odds will be in their favor tonight. The team has looked a bit more crisp and fluidespecially in the game against Utah. Even as the Denver game did not go their way, the offense continued to roll. Against this Warriors team, the Grizzlies will need to focus on defense to stop chances. Don’t give this young team life.
With that being said, I do think the Grizzlies will be able to roll against this version of the Warriors. Golden State has one of the worst defensive ratings in the league, so look for Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. to have big games on the box score. Draymond will be a nuisance on the defensive end, but he can not contribute enough offensively to make a difference. The home crowd will help the Grizzlies secure their first easy win of the season.
Spread: Grizzlies -6.5
Take the Grizzlies and lay the points. They will roll against an inferior Warriors squad.
Memphis- 119, Golden State- 105