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#578 Memphis Grizzlies -6.5
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
FedEx Forum, Memphis
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 lesson

The 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.

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The primary criticism for Morant following the Grizzlies loss to the Nuggets was the fact that he only attempted nine shots from the field. He went 4-of-9 for 13 points and 1-of-2 from 3-pointer. The Grizzlies needed him to be a superstar more than they needed a facilitator.

Morant has some serious potential with the same special scoring traits intrinsic to him as we’ve seen in younger versions of Curry and Kyrie Irving. Even as a rookie, there are times when he needs to take the ball and say, “Get out of my way.”

That time will come on Tuesday night against the Warriors’ moribund defense. They don’t have the talent on the floor to keep up with the Grizzlies, and Morant should star in this game with Russell sidelined. Opposing teams have been doing whatever they want against the Warriors' defense, and Morant and company will be no different.

I’m taking the Grizzlies to be lifted past the Warriors with another sensational performance from the youngsters on their home floor.

Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies (-6.5)

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The Warriors aren’t even close to being as good the Nuggets or Jazz on defense, setting the stage for a big offensive performance from the Grizzlies. While they’ve been an average scoring team on the road, the Grizzlies have typically turned things up a notch when playing at home. They are averaging 115.1 points per game at the FedEx Forum this season.

I’m expecting Morant to be even more aggressive on Tuesday after a sluggish performance against the Nuggets. Given the lack of dependable bodies on the floor for the Warriors, the Grizzlies’ offense should be in full-on attack mode all night long. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (222.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.