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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Pick & Prediction MAY 13TH 2022

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-7.5 -110

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The Memphis Grizzlies may have the momentum, but the Golden State Warriors have history on their side when the Western Conference semifinals continue Friday night with Game 6 in San Francisco.

Facing elimination in the best-of-seven Wednesday and lining up without leading scorer Ja Morant, the Grizzlies dominated Golden State on both ends of the court in a historically lopsided 134-95 home win in Game 5.

A second straight Grizzlies win would send the series back to Memphis for Game 7, an advantage the second-seeded club earned by finishing three games ahead of the third-seeded Warriors in the regular season.

But Golden State's 117-116 win at Memphis in Game 1 flipped the home-court edge in the series to the Warriors, giving the recent three-time NBA champions the inside track to earning a berth in the Western Finals for the sixth time in eight seasons.

"We've shown we're a resilient team this year," Golden State star Stephen Curry insisted after the Game 5 blowout, the largest in the postseason for the club since 2014. "We have the right mindset, the right approach, and all the tools we need to show who we really are in Game 6."

The Warriors are expected to still be without coach Steve Kerr, who tested positive for COVID-19 before Game 4. Longtime assistant coach Mike Brown directed the Warriors in in Game 4 and Game 5. Brown has been named as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, effective after the season.

At home, the Warriors have been unbeatable during the playoffs. They won three home games in a row by an average of 13.3 points over the Denver Nuggets in Round 1 and crushed the Grizzlies 142-112 in San Francisco in Game 3 of this series as the visitors watched Morant go down with a knee injury.

But Memphis, as it has done all season, has responded well to seeing its star in street clothes on the sidelines. The Grizzlies were without Morant for 25 games in the regular season, winning 20 of them. And in Game 4 they led for almost 46 of the 48 minutes despite shooting poorly (41.7 percent overall, 25.7 percent on 3-pointers) but the Warriors escaped with a 101-98 decision.

Then in Game 5, the Grizzlies' shots fell at a rate of 47.5 percent, including 43.9 percent on 3-point shots, and they buried the Warriors early. Memphis led by 10 after the first, 27 after the second, and 52 points after the third quarter. The lead topped out at 55.

The Warriors had averaged 119 points in their first eight playoff games, but they have averaged just 98 over the last two.

Since their championship run began in 2015, the Warriors have won six of eight Game 6s, including a 108-95 win at Memphis that ended their second-round series seven years ago.

That's ancient history to the Grizzlies, who began the season as the third-youngest team in the NBA. Morant and many of their other players were still in high school in 2015.

One of those guys, 22-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., is the key to the Grizzlies' chances in Game 6, teammate Dillon Brooks insists.

"They got no one to guard him, no one to stop him," Brooks claimed. "I try to tell him to stay aggressive, and you're a walking mismatch out there for every single player that guards you. So just keep attacking."

Jackson has topped 20 points three times in the series, including a pair of 21-point efforts since Morant left the lineup.

The Warriors hope to counter with defensive ace Draymond Green, a fellow Michigan State alum, albeit a decade earlier.

"It doesn't feel good losing by as much as we did," Warriors veteran Klay Thompson admitted after Wednesday's loss. "But it's just a loss. You flush it and you remind yourself who you are.

"We're going to play with a 100-percent effort (in Game 6). I like our chances."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Memphis Grizzlies
106
113
Golden State Warriors

Memphis vs. Golden State Recap MAY 16TH 2021

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 46 points en route to his second NBA scoring title and Jordan Poole stalled a Memphis rally with a late 3-pointer Sunday afternoon as the Golden State Warriors held off the visiting Grizzlies 113-101 in San Francisco to claim the No. 8 position in this week's play-in tournament.

By virtue of their sixth straight win on a regular-season-ending homestand, the Warriors (39-33) put themselves in a position of having to be beaten twice in order to be denied a spot in the eight-team Western Conference playoff draw.

As the eighth seed, Golden State will tip off the play-in tournament on the road on Wednesday night, visiting either Portland or the Los Angeles Lakers, both of whom played later Sunday.

The loss ended Memphis' five-game winning streak and landed the Grizzlies (38-34) in the No. 9 spot in the play-in, where they will host 10th-seeded San Antonio on Wednesday.

The winner of the 7-8 matchup will earn the seventh position in the Western playoffs, while the loser of the 9-10 game will be eliminated. The loser of the 7-8 matchup will play the winner of the 9-10 survival test on Friday night for the eighth and final playoff spot.

With Curry scoring 17 of his 46 points, the Warriors appeared to take command of the game in the third quarter, building an 86-69 lead by period's end.

But Dillon Brooks led a Memphis comeback. Before fouling out, Brooks contributed 13 points to a 22-5 flurry that produced a 91-all with still 6:32 to play.

The Grizzlies went up by two twice after that, the last time at 97-95 with 4:49 to go, before Poole nailed his momentum-changing 3-pointer 21 seconds later.

No longer hounded by Brooks, Curry then led a late Warriors runaway when he completed his big game with three consecutive 3-pointers, giving him nine for the game and a league-best 337 for the season.

Curry finished the season with a 32.0-point scoring average, claiming the league scoring title over Bradley Beal, who returned from a three-game absence to score 25 points earlier Sunday to finish at 31.3.

Andrew Wiggins supported Curry with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Draymond Green just missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and a game-high-tying nine assists.

Poole added 15 points and Kevon Looney a team-high 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who outshot the Grizzlies 49.4 percent to 43.5 percent overall and outscored them 45-18 on 3-pointers.

All five Memphis starters scored in double figures, led by Jonas Valanciunas, who complemented 29 points with a game-high 16 rebounds.

Brooks finished with 18 points, while Ja Morant had 16 to go with nine assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. 14 and Kyle Anderson 10 for the Grizzlies, who also entered last year's play-in tournament -- a single game in the bubble last season -- as the No. 9 seed, only to lose to Portland.

--Field Level Media

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