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Preview: Warriors prepare for physical matchup against Grizzlies

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After claiming the Pacific Division title, the Golden State Warriors will try to solve the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors (58-13) @ Memphis Grizzlies (50-22)

FedEx Forum - Memphis, TN

5:00 p.m. PST

Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area

Buddy Blog: Grizzly Bear Blues

If you're still relishing the fact that your Warriors clinched their first Pacific Division title in the last 39 years, I don't blame you. Golden State has been phenomenal season-long and as a must-see team, they are not only a hot ticket at the Roaracle, but also on the road.

With that being said, the Golden State Warriors will put their 7-game winning streak on the line when they showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.

Likely guaranteed home-court advantage throughout the entire playoffs, this game seems to hold minor significance at the onset. In spite of this, the Warriors' execution and play in Tennessee may factor in down the road. The Warriors and Grizzlies have never faced each other in the post-season, but that could change this year as signs point to both squads potentially meeting in the Conference Finals.

As the second-best team in the Western Conference, Memphis may well be Golden State's toughest test. Of all the teams the Warriors have faced this season, the Grizzlies remain the one team Golden State is still seeking a win against (lost 105-98 in first meeting).

Golden State's greatest success has been pushing the pace and exposing teams on both ends of the floor. Against a hard-nosed Memphis squad, the rebounding battle will be an prominent one with Memphis' towering frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph against the Dubs' tandem of Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green. Memphis is second in the NBA in points allowed at 95.4 per game according to ESPN Stats. If shots aren't following early in the game, second-chance opportunities will help keep the Warriors in the game.

In a contrast of playing styles, it will be crucial for the Warriors to control the tempo and run the Grizzlies to the ground. Look for Stephen Curry and the guards to push the ball in transition whenever they can. Curry and Klay Thompson can certainly carry the torch for the Warriors but don't overlook Mike Conley or Courtney Lee for the Grizz.

Key Matchup

A physical game is on the horizon and the Draymond Green - Zach Randolph matchup should be a good one. Both power forwards have had exceptional seasons and are never afraid to back down from a challenge. Both are former Michigan State Spartans and they can also talk trash a bit -- here and here.

Z-Bo apparently has high praise for Money Green. Per Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group

Predictions

  • Steph Curry goes for 27 points and 7 dimes
  • Leandro Barbosa drops double figures off the bench
  • Splash Bros combine for six triples
  • Dubs' frontcourt holds both Gasol and Randolph to sub-10 rebounds
  • Warriors match franchise record of 59 wins and down the Grizzlies 98-93!