Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/9/13
Golden State Warriors (4-1) at Memphis Grizzlies (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +1 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors could again be without Stephen Curry when they pay a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
Not for the first time, the Warriors had to play without Stephen Curry and it wasn't pretty last night when they paid a visit to the Spurs. Toney Douglas made the most of his 28 minutes and made five threes on his way to 21 points, but other than that, it was an ugly night on offense for the Warriors who leaned heavily on Klay Thompson who made just five of 16 for his 11 points. On the bright side, as poor as they were on offense, the Warriors were always in the game because of their defense which held the Spurs to just 39.2 percent shooting on the game and just 12 points in the fourth quarter.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies only have wins over the Pistons and the Celtics to their name to start the season and will need to start playing better than they did against the Pelicans on Wednesday if they have playoff aspirations. For a team that prides itself on its defense, the Grizzlies will be very disappointed that they allowed the Pelicans to pile on 33 points in the first quarter. They ramped up their defense in the second quarter and held the Pelicans to just 18 points in the second quarter but then Zach Randolph left midway through the second quarter to be with his fiance who went into labor, and with it went the intensity of the defense. Memphis would go on to lose by 99-84 with Mike Conley scoring a game-high 26 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a nasty cut that required three stitches. With the loss, Memphis fall to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 at home.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall, while the Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Warriors are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings but the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
Please check back later for my free pick when the line is released.