Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors Predictions, Odds, Picks
- Ja Morant exploded in Game 2 for one of the 2022 NBA Playoffs’ best performances
- The Warriors will try to overcome what is a growing injury list
- The series is tied, 1-1
Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors Odds
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Head-to-Head: Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors
|Memphis Grizzlies||Head-to-Head||Golden State Warriors|
|Taylor Jenkins||Head Coach||Steve Kerr|
|56-26 (2nd in West)||Standing||53-29 (3rd in West)|
|114.6 (5th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.5 (17th of 30)|
|109.0 (3rd of 30)||Def Rtg||106.9 (1st of 30)|
|100.3 (3rd of 30)||Pace||98.4 (13th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Morant (26.3)||PPG||S. Curry (25.5)|
|J. Morant (8.6)||RPG||D. Green/K. Looney (7.3)|
|J. Morant (10.1)||APG||D. Green (7.0)|
|J. Morant (1.9)||SPG||G. Payton II (1.4)|
|J. Jackson Jr. (2.4)||BPG||D. Green (1.1)|
|X. Tillman Sr. (.714)/J. Morant (8.5)||FG%/FGM||G. Payton II (.616)/S. Curry (8.4)|
|D. Bane (.453)/D. Bane (3.6)||3P%/3PM||A. Wiggins (.393)/S. Curry (4.5)|
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|Killian Tillie||Memphis Grizzlies||31 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||Tillie hasn’t played since March 15th, and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Steven Adams||Memphis Grizzlies||04 May 2022||Day to Day (Health & Safety)||Adams was OUT for Memphis’ Tuesday (Mar 2) game.|
|Santi Aldama||Memphis Grizzlies||04 May 2022||Day to Day (Knee)||Aldama was OUT for Memphis’ Tuesday (Mar 2) game.|
|James Wiseman||Golden State Warriors||25 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||Wiseman is out for the season as he recovers from a right knee injury.|
|Andre Iguodala||Golden State Warriors||27 Apr 2022||Out (Neck)||There is no timetable for Iguodala’s return.|
|Gary Payton II||Golden State Warriors||03 May 2022||Out (Elbow)||Payton II left Golden State’s Tuesday (May 3) game with a fractured left elbow.|
How Can the Grizzlies Beat the Warriors?
The Memphis Grizzlies need to carry their momentum from Game 2 into Game 3. They got off to a fast start in Game 2, something that helped them stave off the Warriors as the game wore on. How Memphis open the game will determine their success.
In Game 2 against the Warriors, the Memphis came out of the gates flying. They were able to outscore the Warriors 33 to 25, while also shooting 47.8% from the field. Memphis were also able to force 6 turnovers out of the Warriors in the first quarter.
It’ll be difficult for Memphis to replicate their effort on Golden State’s home court, but it certainly isn’t impossible. Morant and Jackson Jr. led the way in the scoring department, but their role players will need to relieve some of the pressure they’ll face.
Grizzlies Key Player: (G) Ja Morant
Jordan Poole trying to guard Ja Morant is the on-court version of the *stop, he’s already dead* Simpsons meme pic.twitter.com/VleGleeiVO
— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) May 4, 2022
The NBA and its fans saw one of the NBA’s most exciting performances in Game 2 of the Grizzlies-Warriors series in Ja Morant. The Grizzlies point guard put in a star-making performance, something that signalled a bright future for Memphis and the league.
In Memphis’ Game 2 victory over Golden State, Morant posted 47 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals in 40 minutes of play. He was 15 of 31 from the field and 5 of 12 from the three-point range. He also went 12 of 13 from the three-point line and committed just 2 turnovers.
Morant singlehandedly carried the Grizzlies to a win in Game 2. With the Warrior’s defence sure to focus on stopping Morant from getting to the rim, his playmaking must be one of his top priorities.
How Can the Warriors Beat the Grizzlies?
The Golden State Warriors are known for their free-flowing offence, as well as their intimidating defence. If they want to take the lead in the series, Golden State need to take care of the ball in order to improve their offence.
In Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors committed 18 turnovers. Their two most utilized playmakers led the way in the turnover department, with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green combining for 9 of the team’s 18 turnovers on the night.
The Grizzlies have decided to pressure the ball and push the pace against the Warriors, something Golden State hasn’t been able to punish with their shooting. If they can clean up their passing and hit their open shots, the Warriors should take the lead in the series.
Warriors Key Player: (G) Klay Thompson
FAKE. ONE DRIBBLE. FIRE 🎯
Klay Thompson doing what he does best. pic.twitter.com/S48aHHFM7p
— Klay Nation (@KlayNationCP) May 1, 2022
The Golden State Warriors are a good overall team, but when Curry receives a lot of focus their role players must produce. Thompson struggled from the field in Game 2, which was a big contributor to their loss.
Thompson played 41 minutes in Game 2 against the Grizzlies, posting just 12 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. He was a paltry 5 of 19 from the field and 2 of 12 from the three-point range. As the Warriors second option on offence, his struggles made it difficult for them to compete.
When Klay Thompson isn’t hitting his shots, it becomes a lot easier for the Grizzlies to get the rebound and push the ball with pace. If Thompson can punish the Grizzlies defenders with efficient shooting, the Warriors can go up 2-1 on the series.
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How to Watch Grizzlies vs Warriors
|Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors Information|
|Who||Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors|
|Where||Chase Center, San Francisco, California|
|When||Saturday, 8:30 PM EST, May 7th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ABC|
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