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 gameThe 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.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against team with a winning % below .400.
- Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Warriors are 19-9-3 ATS in their last 31 Monday games.
- Warriors are 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 home games.