The MEMPHIS and the GOLDEN STATE will both be gunning for a victory on 11/5/2018 at 10:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES vs GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, November 5, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
|515||MEMPHIS||-14 (-110)||218 (-110)|
TV: 10:35 PM
PREDICTION: GOLDEN STATE , MEMPHIS
Oddsmakers currently have the GOLDEN STATE listed as -14 point favorites versus the MEMPHIS, while the game’s total is sitting at 218.
Klay Thompson has found his long-range shot, making the Golden State Warriors even more difficult to crack as they prepare to host the improving Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Thompson was just 5-for-36 from behind the 3-point arc in the first seven games but has drained 19-of-37 over the last three, including an NBA-record 14 against Chicago on Oct. 29 to help the Warriors extend their win streak to seven.
Stephen Curry has flown out of the gate by averaging 32.5 points, Kevin Durant is contributing 28.3 and Draymond Green has 44 assists combined the last four games, but Thompson adds another key element. “When Klay’s going, and we’ve got KD and Steph going, we’re pretty hard to beat,” Golden State forward Kevon Looney told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We space the floor so much, and you’ve got to pick your poison.” Memphis had the second-fewest wins in the league (22) last season and is off to a promising start, but coughed up a fourth-quarter lead in a 102-100 loss at Phoenix on Sunday in the middle of a three-game road trip. The Grizzlies’ top two scorers – guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol – must recover after combining to miss 24-of-29 from the field in the loss to the Suns while the Memphis bench outscored its starters 59-41.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Memphis), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (5-3): Guard Shelvin Mack gave Memphis a chance to win with a season-high 21 points off the bench Sunday, and is averaging 18 over his last three contests while making 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Conley and Gasol had averaged 40 points between them in the previous three games – all victories – before struggling at Phoenix while third-leading scorer Garrett Temple had contributed 15.5 in that stretch before an eight-point effort Sunday. Rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who was picked fourth overall in the 2018 draft, has scored in single digits three of the last four games after averaging 14.8 points the first four contests.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (9-1): Green finished Friday’s 116-99 win over Minnesota with nine points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and a steal while drawing plenty of praise from coach Steve Kerr. “Our fourth-quarter defense was tremendous,” Kerr told reporters after outscoring the Timberwolves 33-12 in the final 12 minutes. “Everybody flying to the ball. I thought (Green) set the tone. I’m not sure I’ve seen Draymond play better since I’ve been here.” Golden State continues to get strong contributions off the bench from forward Alfonzo McKinnie, who is averaging 9.6 points and shooting 61.3 percent from the field the last five games.
1. Memphis F Omri Casspi, who will receive a championship ring from Golden State on Monday, left Sunday’s game with knee soreness.
2. Golden State G Shaun Livingston (foot) has missed the last four games and is listed as day-to-day, but could return soon.
3. The Warriors have won four of the last five meetings and scored 141 points in the last matchup Dec. 30, 2017.
PREDICTION: Warriors 123, Grizzlies 101