Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Matchup Preview (5/11/22)
The Golden State Warriors (3-1) will look to end the Memphis Grizzlies (1-3) in Game 5 Wednesday night. The Warriors narrowly won Game 4 101-98, although the Grizzlies missed Ja Morant. It was one of the worst shooting nights for Golden State in a long time, as they started 18.01 (5.5%) from three and finished 37.09 (24.3%). Stephen Curry led the team with 32 points and 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’ll get some much-needed rest before taking on the Suns/Mavericks winner.
The Grizzlies struggled with their shot all game; They ended with a 41/25/60 team shoot split. Tyus Jones filled in admirably for Ja Morant by contributing 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists on August 18 from the field. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points, 5 blocks and 2 steals, but he shot 7/21 from the field and 0/7 from 3. Steven Adams started for the first time in the series and hit 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 options. Kyle Anderson added 17 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Yes Morant is out for Game 5 so Tyus Jones gets the start again.
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
The spread for Game 5 is +4 Grizzlies and I’m pretty sure the Warriors will cover. Morant was out for Game 4 and the Warriors won by just 3 points, but I’m extremely skeptical that Memphis can close again. Curry, Klay, Poole and Wiggins combined for a 5/29 (17.2%) shot from deep, which won’t happen again. Draymond was only able to play 32 minutes due to foul problems, so he should see more playing time. The Grizzlies also have issues that will haunt them in Game 5. Bane struggles with an injury, Brooks’ shot looks shattered, and Jackson Jr. can’t stay out of trouble. The only thing desirable about Memphis in Game 5 is the fact that they have a home game.
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Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Arena: FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
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Golden State Warriors starting lineup
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Jonathan Kuminga
C: Draymond green
Analysis of the Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins leads all players in the second round with 3.5 offensive rebounds per game. The Warriors have been up and down in terms of their shooting, but Wiggins has consistently given them opportunities for second chances. They play small with Draymond in the middle, so Wiggin’s ability to play above his height and frame has kept Memphis from dominating the glass. If Memphis and Golden State tie the shots, the Warriors are much more likely to score more given their lethal shooters. Wiggins made up for this as much as possible and gave the Warriors a huge boost.
When I’m the warriors, I target Jackson Jr. early and force him to defend drives often. He averaged 5.2 fouls in the first round, and he’s averaged 4.3 fouls this series. Jackson Jr. tends to chase blocks and play on the defensive highlight despite the risk of a foul. If Golden State can tag him early with a few fouls, Memphis won’t be able to use his reach on offense. He’s the only player aside from Morant to average at least 10 PPG, so his score is crucial for the Grizzlies.
Golden State Warriors team pages
Starting lineup of the Memphis Grizzlies
PG: Tyus Jones
SG: Desmond Bane
SF: Ziaire Williams
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr.
C: Steven Adams
Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
Without Morant, the Grizzlies need Brooks to lead the offense offensively. Bane would normally be pushed into this role, but a back injury severely limits his abilities. Brooks has 22.9 FG%, 22.2 3PT% and the same number of assists as turnovers. He can’t keep bricking shots without moderating. He must get his way in at least one of these aspects or the Memphis offense will fail like Game 4. He averaged 18.4 PPG at 43.2 FG% during the regular season, giving him the potential to drop 20+ points.
Steven Adams started the series for the first time and played 27 minutes after previously playing just 6 minutes total. His +13 plus minus in Game 4 was the top mark for both teams. Adams dominated the boards and offered a second chance with his 6 offensive rebounds. He cannot guard the perimeter, but his positive aspects outweigh the negative. 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 dominated the league. Adams seems to be playing well against the Warriors; Memphis needs that trend to continue into Game 5.
Memphis Grizzlies team pages