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Grizzlies at Warriors - 5/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies (59-28) at Golden State Warriors (71-15)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Oracle Arena)

The Line: Golden State Warriors -9.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

The Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors play game one of their playoff series Sunday afternoon.

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games and would love a fast start here. Marc Gasol is averaging 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds while Courtney Lee is averaging 17.2 points and 1.4 assists. Zach Randolph is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and Beno Udrih is dishing three assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are playing some of their best ball of the season, as they enter with four active double-digit scorers in the players. Memphis will have to play elite defense in this series, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing less than 100 points. Mike Conley is expected to miss another week with a face injury. The Grizzlies have lost four of their last six road games.  

Grizzlies at Warriors - 5/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Golden State Warriors hope to keep things rolling after sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans. Stephen Curry is averaging 33.8 points and 7.3 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 25 points and three rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 12.8 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is dishing 2.3 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 37.9 percent from deep and 44.9 percent from the field in the playoffs. The Warriors may have to focus on more balance in this series, as they averaged 31 three attempts in the first round. Still, the Warriors have won 19 of their last 20 games when topping 100 points. The Warriors haven’t lost a home game since January 27th.

I think this series will be a lot closer than most are giving Memphis credit for. Even without Conley, the Grizzlies are a tough team that has size advantages in the paint. Memphis should control the tempo and keep these games close with the ability to steal one of the first two. The value is all on the points. 

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Memphis Grizzlies +9.5

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