The Memphis Grizzlies under Ja Morant have played exceptional ball in game 3, it all started with their defence with young guys staying dedicated to their tasks and keeping the splash brother’s shooting just under 25% from behind the 3-pointer line.
Ja Morant continues to impress with his late-game heroics making clutch plays when it counts the most. He has realised that he is the fastest athlete on the court and can dictate the pace of the game. Grizzlies had lost their primary defender on Ja Morant, Brookes quite early on in the game with a flagrant 2 foul on G.Peyton II that ended up breaking his elbow, a controversial play that Steve Kerr said broke the code among NBA players.
Warriors on the other hand will look to improve the shooting performance led by Klay and Curry in the absence of their starter G.Peyton II. We know that Steph and Klay will not shoot just 20% combined for the remaining games of the series hence Grizzlies need to be defensively active and force turnovers which leads to easy buckets in transition.
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies Match Preview
Golden State Warriors: Steve Kerr and his Warriors suffered a huge blow losing Gary Peyton II (Morant went on to drop playoff career-high 47 points.) with a fractured elbow in the early minutes of game 2. They are already missing a veteran in Andre Iguodala who is out with a neck injury.
The warriors had a rough shooting night in game 2 which will not be the case in game 3. Klay will step up after a bad game as we have seen him in the past. Warriors are favourites to win the series and in a pivotal game 3 which can swing the momentum of the series, the veterans might just dominate the young Grizzlies. Poole will probably start for Warriors in place of Peyton II.
Memphis Grizzlies: Coach Jenkins has done an amazing job with this young and deep Memphis team. They have a big man in Jackson who can shoot to go alongside shooters like Williams and Bane. Their superstar Morant looks like a player who is meant for the big stage and just dominates the fourth quarter and is absolutely clutch. They will be missing Brookes who has been suspended for 1 game by the league for his play against Peyton II.
However, the Grizzlies would love to carry the momentum of game 2 forward and win a game on the road to take back the home-court advantage in the series.
The Series is tied at one game apiece which shows that both teams are capable of winning at home as well as on the road as they have shown in the 1st round as well.
Venue: Chase Centre, San Francisco, California
Date: May 7th
Time: 5:30 pm PST USA
An exciting young talent who is probably the fastest player on the court and dropped playoff career high 47 points in game 2.His game is a treat to the eyes and is averaging 27.4 PPG and 6.7 assists per game.
The best shooter in NBA history who has the capability of scoring not just from behind the 3 point line but also finishing at the rim. He is leading the warriors in points per game in the 2021-22 playoffs.
With both teams playing small-ball lineups, Green will be the x-factor for the Warriors securing rebounds and dishing assists. He can easily have a very calm and quite triple double.
Memphis Grizzlies Vs Golden State Warriors Game 3 predicted Starting Line Up:-
- Ja Morant[PG]
- X.Tillman [C]
- D.Bane [SG]
- J.Jackson.Jr [PF]
Golden State Warriors:-
- S.Curry [PG]
- K.Thompson [SF]
- A.Wiggins [PF]
Memphis Grizzlies Vs Golden State Warriors head to head stats:
In the 101 games played, Memphis has won 49 whereas the Warriors have won 52 games.
Memphis was ousted by the Warriors in their last playoff run in 2015 whereas the Warriors were sent home by Memphis in the play-in game last year.
Memphis Grizzlies Vs Golden State Warriors Game 3 Prediction:-
With games 1 and 2 going down the line to the last play of the fourth quarter, one thing is for sure game 3 will be an interesting affair with both teams expected to throw haymakers at each other.
Warriors at home in one of the loudest arenas in the NBA have a slight edge over the young Grizzlies team.
Warriors at home are -300 and Grizzlies on road are +230 with the over/under on the money line set at 225.0.
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