The Golden State Warriors are in for a dog fight. The Dubs absolutely slaughtered the Grizz the last time the two teams met by slapping Memphis upside the head for their worst loss in franchise history. Think that was bad? The Grizzlies saw their season come to an abrupt end in the Western Conference Semi's the last time they hosted Golden State at the Grindhouse. Have the Grizzlies lost their bite? Tune in to CSN Bay Area at 5:00 p.m. PST to find out.
Last Time Out
Memphis lost a close game to the Los Angeles Clippers 94-92 on Monday. Wednesday night will be their first game back home after returning from a lackluster 1-4 West coast road trip. Golden State on the other hand defeated Detroit at home on Monday 109-95 to remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA. Teams have been playing the Warriors closer as of late but the Dubs are still beating teams by an average of 18 points per game (which is slightly skewed thanks to their 50 point win over Memphis).
Golden State (-350) enters the Grindhouse as seven and a half point favorites over Memphis (+290). The over/under game line is set at 199.5 total points according to BetOnline. This is the lowest over/under line for a Warriors game so far this season. Lets check out some betting trends between both teams supplied by OddsShark.com:
Here are my picks from Monday night's game against Detroit:
Taking Detroit with the points looked like a great pick until the fourth quarter. A little sense of urgency in the final minutes from the Pistons and they would have covered and pushed the game over. Let's check out how the Warriors stack up to the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies have to be pissed off. Not only did the Warriors pummel them last time out, but Memphis caught shade via twitter from the choke artist Los Angeles Clippers who used the hashtag #didntloseby50 after losing by four to the Warriors. The Dubs must of felt pretty good to hear a division rival bragging about how much they lost to the Warriors by, like it was some sort of accomplishment. But of course there was no luck that went into that loss, just a lack of clutch playmaking in the fourth quarter from the Clips. Anyways I expect the Grizz to come out swinging tonight.
Andrew Bogut returned to action against Detroit thus strengthening the Warriors frontline. The way Festus Ezeli is playing I would not be surprised if he continues to start giving Bogut the chance to come off the bench. Most teams are lucky to have an elite NBA level defender on the roster, let alone having two of them coming off the bench like the Warriors could potentially have in Bogut and Iguodala. I am fighting back thoughts of the Grizzlies punching the the Dubs in the mouth and controlling the tempo of this game. But then I think about how Golden State's confidence is currently residing somewhere in the exosphere. Ending the Grizzlies season on their own home floor makes the Grindhouse seem a tad bit dull to the Warriors. It's too early to tell just how good this Warriors team is but all signs indicate that they are even better than last season, which is hard to comprehend. I feel comfortable taking the Warriors with the spread thanks to Steph Curry's ice cold shooting stroke in the fourth quarter.