Game: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
Time: 9:30 CST
Place: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Records: Memphis (22-15), Golden State (15-20)
Expected Starting Lineups:
Memphis – Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Marreese Speights, Marc Gasol
Golden State – Dominic McGuire, Monta Ellis, Dorrell Wright, David Lee, Epke Udoh
This is what happened the first time these two teams tangled this season:
Then, the last time they played, this was the action in the closing moments:
Memphis is riding a 4-game winning streak, while the Warriors are trying to keep their head above water, having gone .500 on their recent 6-game road trip. Golden State just got a boost from the return of Stephen Curry from injury, while the Grizzlies are still awaiting to see Zach Randolph in action for the first time since early January.
Memphis has continued to rely on their Big Three of Gasol, Gay, and Conley, while getting support from various role players on a nightly basis. One night it is Tony Allen, the next it is Dante Cunningham, and then it is O.J. Mayo. This is the kind of balance that has made them such a tough team to beat as of late — especially in close, late-game situations.
Golden State relies heavily on the production of Ellis and Lee, although they have been getting big contributions from Wright, Brandon Rush, and McGuire lately, too. It will be interesting to see how they are able to re-integrate Curry into their lineup.
One last thing. Prior to their last meeting in mid-February, David Lee had this to say about Ellis and Curry, who had been struggling at that point:
“I’m sure they’ll play great (Saturday) night. They will both have 30 and we will be talking about it.”
I mocked him in response: Ummm….yeah David. Whatever you say.
Turns out, the former Gator knew what he was talking about…sort of. Each of them did score 30….but nobody was talking about it due to the fact that they still lost.
Prediction: Memphis wins, pulling away in the 4th quarter