Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Free Pick 05/03/15
Event: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Scheduled For: 3:30 PM ET, Sunday, May 3, 2015
Line: Golden State Warriors -10 points.
Over/Under: 196.5 points.
The Golden State Warriors look to get past another obstacle on their way to the NBA Finals when they host the Memphis Grizzlies in the opener of this Western Conference semifinals series. The top-seeded Warriors are playing for the first time since April 25 after a four-game sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round while the fifth-seeded Grizzlies dismissed the Portland Trail Blazers over five games.
Memphis Grizzlies (59-28, 43-41 ATS)
The Grizzlies will need big performances from Center Marc Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph to stand a chance in this series. Gasol was looking good against the Trail Blazers as he averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and five assists over the five games while Randolph shot just 34.9 percent from the field and averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. Randolph averaged only 12.3 points and six rebounds over three regular-season meetings against Golden State and Gasol was not much better with averages of 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Mike Conley is most likely out after having surgery to repair broken bones in his face and it will fall upon Nick Calathes/ Beno Udrih and Tony Allen to stop Curry/Thompson.
Golden State Warriors (71-15, 48-37 ATS)
The Warriors Stephen Curry was nothing short of sensational against the Pelicans as he averaged 33.8 points and 7.3 assists while finishing the series with back-to-back games of 40 and 39 points. He averaged 24 points over three regular-season games against the Grizzlies while the other part of the “Splash Brothers”, Klay Thompson, averaged 30.7 points. Forward Draymond Green rolled off four straight double-doubles while averaging 15.8 points and 12.8 rebounds in the first round and could pose a match-up issue for Memphis today.
Trends & Conclusion
The Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Grizzlies meanwhile are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and also 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. 10 points is a lot in a playoff game, and this should be a more even contest than the line would suggest.
Play Memphis Grizzlies +10
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