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Preview: Warriors meet Grizzlies in Memphis for Game 1

BACK IN THE GRINDHOUSE!

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors won their first playoff series since 2019 when they vanquished the wounded Denver Nuggets in a swift five games. Their reward? A trip to Memphis to face the Western Conference’s #2 seeded GRIZZLIES!

That’s right folks, the very same team that squashed Golden State’s playoff hopes last year in the play-in tournament is once again Golden State’s way. In my conversations with Dub Nation, it’s been clear they believe Memphis is the biggest roadblock to the Warriors getting out of the West.

Memphis is physical as hell. During the regular season they averaged a league leading 57.6 points in the paint. Their star guard and most improved player Ja Morant led the league in paint scoring with 16.6 per game. They averaged 53.0 points in the paint in their 4-2 series victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round. But against the Warriors during the regular season that number dipped down to 50.5...hmmm.

The Grizz also were formidable at creating scoring opportunities off of turnovers; they averaged 18.6 points off turnovers per game, good enough for 4th best in the NBA. Against the Warriors they averaged 20.8(!) points off turnovers.

But we haven’t seen Memphis take on the Warriors with their Big 3 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green intact.

Will the Dubs steal Game 1 on the road with their future Hall-of-Famers ready to go? The Dubs are -135 on the money line per Draft Kings.

Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies

May 1st, 2022 | 12:30 PT

Watch: ABC| Listen: 95.7 The Game

Poll

Who ya got in Game 1, Warriors or Grizzlies?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Warriors all day!
    (191 votes)
  • 13%
    The Grizz are no joke and will protect home court
    (29 votes)
220 votes total Vote Now

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