Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors – 5/9/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It is Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between the Golden St Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies scheduled for Saturday May 9th. Pro Basketball fantasy cash league participants can follow their roster at 8PM Eastern Time from Memphis on ABC TV.
The series is tied at 1-1. Golden St won Game 1 by 15 points. This loss for Memphis came without guard Mike Conley in the lineup. He has been nursing fractures to his face and was forced to miss action. He return to the Grizzlies lineup on Tuesday for Game 2 and the Grizzlies responded with a very good defensive performance winning 97-90 on the road. Memphis was able to contain the guard duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the win. It was a really bad shooting night for Stephen Curry as he was limited to just 7 of 19 from the floor and hit 2 of 11 three pointers. Klay Thompson was 6 of 15 from the floor and 1 of 6 went in from the three point line. Memphis has to use defensive play in the perimeter to stop the Warriors because the Grizzlies cannot keep up with the scoring potential for Golden St. Things are going to be difficult for those who insert Andrew Bogut into their roster. The Warriors guard has to find space around the bucket offensively with the long stretched out arms of a Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol in the paint. If the shots don’t fall for Golden St they will have a difficult time in this series. If the shot do fall for the Warriors the Grizzlies will be very challenged to keep up and especially from three where the Grizzlies do not perform well. Because Memphis is a half-court offense it does not afford the opportunity for many clean open looks from the three point line. Memphis likes to walk the ball up as their guards wait for both Gasol and Randolph to get inside position so they can feed them the ball for up close high percentage shots. That’s why pace is so important in this series.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry is averaging 29 points per game and is hitting on 44% from the field in the playoffs. That is down nearly 50% from his numbers during the regular season. In two games against Memphis the Warriors point guard is shooting 40%.
Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson puts up some big numbers at home but on the road they tail off quite a bit. Thompson can be a big streaky on the road and against Memphis his threes will be contested. He is just 3 of 11 from the three point line in this series.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds per game in the playoffs. He is shooting just 36% from the field in this series as his numbers across the board are down against a good defensive team in the Grizzlies. He is coming off a 3 of 11 shooting night in Game 2.
Golden St Warriors Power Forward: David Lee has played a total of nine minutes in this series as he isn’t getting much time on the court against the Memphis Grizzlies big men.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut has shot for a high percentage but isn’t getting any volume of shots. He had five shots at the basket in Game 2 and just 3 in Game 1.
Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard: Mike Conley is expected to play and the point guard contributed with 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting in Game 2.
Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee has seen extended minutes in the playoffs as he is averaging nearly 16 points and 34 minutes per game.
Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward: A strength for the team as Zach Randolph is pulling down 8 boards and scoring 16 points per contest. He had 20 points in each of the two games against the Warriors in the playoffs.
Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward: Tony Allen and Jeff Green are sharing much of the time at this position and are averaging under 10 points per game.
Memphis Grizzlies Center; Marc Gasol leads the club with nearly 20 points a game and is pulling down 9 boards. He is hitting 50% from the field in this series.
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PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: Zach Randolph (Grizzlies)
SF: Draymond Green (Warriors)
C: Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)