Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors – 5/3/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
An attractive second round of the NBA playoffs will get started on Sunday May 3rd as the Golden St Warriors will host Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors are at home with a start time of 3:30PM Eastern Time on ABC TV.
The Golden St Warriors enter play with plenty of rest after sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans in four games. Up 2-0 in the series the Warriors hit the road to New Orleans for Game 3 and fell behind by 20 after three quarters. Golden St took a stranglehold on the series after a come from behind victory in Game 3 as the Warriors overcame a huge deficit. They then blew out a deflated New Orleans Pelicans team in Game 4 to complete the sweep. The Warriors last played way back on Saturday April 25th so the Warriors will have a total of seven day’s rest. It will be interesting to see if there are rust from the Golden St shooters as they rely so much on outside three point shooting.
The Memphis Grizzlies drew the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs. Memphis had dominated the Trailblazers in the regular season and they did the same in the postseason as they were up 3-0 in the series after a road Game 3 win at Portland. After dropping Game 4 the Grizzlies closed out the Trailblazers with a six point victory at home to Portland on Wednesday. Memphis did a great job of containing Trailblazers stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard as the Grizzlies limited those two all starts to poor shooting percentages in their series.
Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: Mike Conley underwent surgery for facial fractures. He has traveled with the team to Golden St and will be a game time decision. Beno Udrih will see extra minutes. He has been hampered by a lingering ankle problem. In Game 5 at Portland, Udrih had 13 points and three assists. He digressed in Game 6 with four points and one assist.
Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee is second on the team with 17 points per game average and is pulling down 2 ½ rebounds per game. Lee is seeing over 33 minutes per contest in the playoffs. His production has not been good in three games against the Warriors this year with just a six points per game average and one assist.
Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: Zach Randolph is fourth on the club at 14 points per game in the series against the Trailblazers. Portland was the tallest team in the NBA so the Grizzlies shot more from the outside in the series. More will be asked offensively from Randolph in this series. He pulled down 8 ½ boards per game against Portland.
Memphis Grizzlies Center: As he did during the regular season Marc Gasol was the leader for Memphis in scoring in the post season as he is averaging 20 points per game. He is productive in other areas as he well with 9 rebounds and five assists per contest in the series with Portland.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry went off in the four game sweep of New Orleans as the five year pro produced 33 points and seven assist per game. His point production was ten points greater than his season totals. He also grabs five boards per contest bettering his regular season mark by one.
Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson in his three games this year against Memphis has averaged 30 points per game. His post season scoring is three points a game better than regular season numbers. Issue with Thompson is home away splits because his road production greatly dips.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green is a force in the low post generating havoc for opposing offenses. He is grabbing nearly 13 boards a game in the playoffs and is contributing offensively at 17 points per contest.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut has stayed away from the dreaded injury report in the post season. Seemed throughout his career in the NBA this time of the year he was battling a significant ailment. He is shooting 63% from the floor in the playoffs but will have his hands full on the defensive end guarding Marc Gasol.
NBA Playoffs Best Fantasy Mock Draft Picks
PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: Zach Randolph (Grizzlies)
SF: Draymond Green (Warriors)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)