Golden State Warriors will meet the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA playoffs action on Saturday evening. The home side wants to capitalize on beating their rivals earlier on the road. The visitors hope to repeat the latest performance and celebrate another win.
Golden State managed to move the series home in a tie, and they now want to take advantage of playing in front of their fans. Nevertheless, they need to do better than in the most recent match. On the other hand, Memphis booked one victory in the first two games. However, they need to search for the road victory to retain the home-court advantage.
Golden State Warriors – Can they be dominant at home?
The Warriors didn’t have the home-court advantage in this series, but they managed to open it with a win. However, they were not successful enough in Game 2, so the two teams are leveled after matches in Memphis. Golden State couldn’t do much from the three-pointer area since they hit only 18.4% of their attempts. Nevertheless, they had a solid 42.1 field goal percentage in the previous match. Things were pretty much leveled in all parameters, and neither of these two teams had an advantage ahead of the final period. Nevertheless, the Grizzlies were more focused, and they celebrated a 106-101 win.
Stephen Curry is the Warriors’ most productive player in the post-season, having 27.3 points, 5.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per match. Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson are also in the 20s, while Andrew Wiggins controls the paint with 7.3 rebounds, scoring 14.7 pts. Draymond Green is the team’s best assistant with 6.7 while producing 8.6 points. Regarding the selection issues, Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, and James Wiseman are not available for Golden State in this match.
Expected Line-Up: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green
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Memphis Grizzlies – Are they capable of winning on the road?
The Grizzlies head to a pair of matches in San Francisco, failing to secure an advantage on their court. They lost in Game 1 but managed to get back to the winning track on Thursday evening. It was a very close game, but Memphis snatched a narrow 106-101 victory in Game 2. However, the visitors need to improve their shooting since they had a 39.6 field goal percentage last time. Nevertheless, they were more efficient from the three-pointer area than their rivals. The Grizzlies will have a tough task in San Francisco, but they will search for an away win.
Ja Morant has contributed the most to the Grizzlies’ offense with 26.2 points and tops the other offensive charts with 10.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds. Desmond Bane is close to a 20-point margin with 19.4, while Brandon Clarke produces 15.1 pts. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks are another two players that average a double-digit number of points for Memphis. Dillon Brooks, Killian Tillie, and Santi Aldama are out of the selection for this game, but all other players should be ready.
Expected Line-Up: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman
Expert Pick #1 – Golden State Warriors -7.5 @-110
Golden State is 9-4 ATS against Memphis, and I think they should take another lead in this series. The Grizzlies cannot rely only on Ja Morant, and other players should back him up. The Warriors were close to a 2-0 advantage, and I believe they will win and cover at home on Saturday evening. That’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 225.5 @-110
Although Memphis hasn’t been involved in many efficient matches lately, the Warriors should dictate this one. The hosts went over the margin in six of their last eight games, and these two teams should produce more than 225 points. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Stephen Curry Over 27.5 @-130
Stephen Curry has been a true leader in the playoffs, and I expect him to drive his team to the victory here. He averaged 25.5 pts in the first two games, and I think he can go over a 27.5 margin at Chase Center. It’s going to be my third pick at slightly lower odds than the first two.