When and where: November 19, 2019, FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN, 8:00 PM ET
The much-improved Memphis Grizzlies hope to use the undermanned Golden State Warriors as a stepping stone in Tuesday’s Western Conference showdown. A 100-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans marked the seventh consecutive defeat for the Warriors on Sunday. They are hopeful they’ll be able to put an end to the losing streak when taking on a young Grizzlies team coming off a 114-131 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Can the Warriors get anything out of Poole?The clear blessing in disguise with the plethora of injuries for the Warriors is the fact that many of their younger players are seeing their minutes extended. It’s the only bright side to what is certain to be a dead-end season with plenty of losing ahead. One of the players not impressing at the moment is rookie first-round draft pick Jordan Poole. Although he flashed during his appearance in the Summer League, he is only averaging 8.6 points during the regular season with a 26.0 field goal shooting percentage.
Those are ugly numbers at any position, especially at shooting guard.
He’ll try to turn things around in Tuesday’s outing against a Memphis defense allowing a 46.5 field goal shooting percentage. Other players are being called to step up on the offensive end of the floor in the absence of Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell. The biggest problem for the Warriors has clearly been a lack of offensive firepower.
There is no secret to what they are defensively. They’ve always struggled on that end of the floor, but they were usually able to compensate for it with their otherworldly offense. Their offense isn’t even average at this point, and they stink even worse on defense. The young and rapidly improving Grizzlies will test them on both ends of the court.
Grizzlies get taught a lessonThe expedited growth of the Grizzlies truly has been a joy to watch.
Ja Morant is well on his way to vying for Rookie of the Year, and Jaren Jackson Jr. has started to come to life in wnd development.
They did ays the Grizzlies only dreamed. There is so much young talent on the roster with plenty of room for growth as they took a hard loss to the Nuggets on Sunday in a game where they coughed up 16 turnovers and allowed a 56.3 3-point shooting percentage on defense. The Nuggets are one of the best teams in the league, and it served as a learning experience for a Grizzlies team coming off three straight wins over the Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs.
There shouldn’t be as many issues guarding an injury-plagued Warriors team ranking in the bottom-half of the league in offensive efficiency. They are also only averaging 98.0 points in their last three outings. Memphis hasn’t been great on offense, but they’ve been much better than anyone ever expected them to be.
And at least for now, they’re better than the Warriors.
Their efforts on Tuesday should be boosted by Morant being more aggressive with the ball in his hands and facing a Warriors team allowing an average of 119.0 points per game.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Warriors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Warriors are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 head-to-head meetings.