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#571 Memphis Grizzlies 217 vs.
#572 Golden State Warriors -3
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:35pm EST
Oracle Arena, Oakland
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: December 9, 2019, Chase Center, San Francisco, CA, 10:30 PM ET

The Golden State Warriors are hoping to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season when hosting the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. A win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday put an end to a four-game losing streak for the Warriors. It also put them ahead of the New York Knicks in the ongoing effort not to have the worst record in the league. Memphis, on the other hand, has lost their last three consecutive games to the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.

Grizzlies lose third straight game

The two-game slump turned into three games for the Grizzlies in Saturday’s 126-112 loss to the Jazz. Rookie guard Ja Morant remained out for the game, and the team had no answers for Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

We’ll see if they have any answers for D’Angelo Russell and Eric Paschall in Monday’s game against the Warriors. One thing is certain: They won’t face nearly as difficult of a defense. The Warriors rank sixth-worst in the league in defensive efficiency. It’s an issue that plagued them all last season, and it isn’t any better with most of the players from that team either injured or wearing a different jersey.

The Grizzlies will have to continue to figure out ways to get their offense going if Morant isn’t on the floor again. Jaren Jackson Jr. has done a tremendous job in stepping up his offensive contributions, and the Grizzlies will need more of it to avoid a fourth straight loss.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Grizzlies haven’t been that much better than the Warriors. Opposing teams are averaging a 47.7 field shooting percentage when they’re the road team. The Warriors may be an absolute mess, but Russell and Paschall can both get buckets.

Morant is listed as probable to come back for Monday’s game. So the Grizzlies could get a huge lift if their star guard is back on the floor. Brandon Clarke, however, has already been ruled out with a hip injury.

Can Glenn Robinson help the Warriors?

The Warriors need all of the offensive help they can get with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson out of the lineup. Throw in the fact that star guard D’Angelo Russell has dealt with injuries since the start of the season, and things have obviously reached levels of desperation.

The Warriors won’t win many games putting all of their eggs in the Russell basket. They need others to step up and contribute in an offense that now ranks as the fourth-worst in the league. Glenn Robinson III could be the perfect candidate to slot in behind Russell and Paschal as the wheel. He went 8-of-12 from the floor and dropped 20 points in Friday’s win over the Bulls.

They’ll try to earn consecutive wins when hosting the Grizzlies on Monday. Morant potentially being back on the floor creates even more issues for the defensively-challenged Warriors.

Memphis has a tendency to be loose with the ball in a year when the team ranks 22nd in the league in turnovers. The Warriors must cash in on their opportunities to make the sort of plays that pile up easy buckets. Keep an eye out for Damion Lee’s status heading into this game. He was held out of Friday’s meeting with the Bulls due to a hand injury.

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There are only a few teams I’d feel comfortable picking the Warriors against in the NBA this season, which is shocking considering how dominant they’ve been in recent years.

The Grizzlies would be one of those teams.

Robinson is having a career-season with the Warriors, and his confidence is steadily growing on the floor as he builds chemistry with his new teammates. He’ll continue to elevate his level of play on Monday. More importantly, however, Russell will be motivated to put his ugly seven-point performance in the rearview. He’ll have the luxury of facing a Hornets defense allowing a 49.5 field goal shooting percentage.

The new home in San Francisco hasn’t brought the same magic to the organization as Oracle Arena did in Oakland. But none of that will even matter with the Warriors going against a team that’s 3-6 on the road this season. I’m laying the points and taking the Warriors.

Prediction: Golden State Warriors (-3)

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Russell hasn’t looked great offensively since returning from his injury hiatus. After mustering only 18 points against the Charlotte Hornets, he only scored seven points against the struggling Bulls. The Warriors remain the fourth-worst scoring offense in basketball at the moment, while the Grizzlies are only mustering 105.6 points per game on the road.

Both teams have offenses ranking in the bottom-half of the league in efficiency. Even with the struggling defenses, the lack of offensive firepower will drive the narrative in the aftermath of this game with the under as the winning betting total.

Prediction: Under (218.5)
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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.