Warriors vs. Grizzlies NBA Picks: Fade the Public & Grab Memphis +7

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:09 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 12:09 PM GMT

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are proving last year was no fluke, while the Grizzlies are struggling with a sub .500 record. Let's see what the NBA odds makers have to say.

Golden State Warriors (8-0 SU, 5-3 ATS)
When you are a team as good as the Golden State Warriors you can still win easily even when your reigning MVP point guard goes cold. That was the case on Monday night as Stephen Curry struggled with his shot but still put up 22 points and backcourt compadre Klay Thompson led all scorers with 24 in the Warriors' 109-95 win over the Pistons. The bench was also a big boon to Golden State who continue to roll over the competition with a perfect 8-0 record and will seek to tie the franchise's best start in their history with a victory over Memphis tonight.

It was little more than a week ago that the Warriors met the Grizzlies in Oakland and dominated Memphis in every facet of the game putting on a clinic for the visitors. When the smoke cleared Golden State eviscerated the Grizzlies with a 119-69 win which illustrated just how stunningly good they can be when all cylinders are clicking. As the Warriors head into their second meeting of the year with Memphis they rank 1st in scoring averaging 114.9 points per game, 1st in assists with 29.6 per game, 3rd in rebounds with 48.5 per contest and 8th in points allowed surrendering 97.1 points per game. All-World point guard Stephen Curry is, not surprisingly, leading the team in points (32.4 per game) and steals (2.4 per game) while small forward Draymond Green is grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game and leading the team in assists with 6.3 per contest.

 

Memphis Grizzlies (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS)
Call it a case of shellshock or just plain old humiliation but the Grizzlies had won two of three before they met the reigning NBA champs. However after their 119-69 annihilation they have dropped three of their last four. Yet in the glass is half full department we can point to their most recent loss against the Clippers at the Staples Center as an example that Memphis may be getting back on track. The NBA odds makers installed Memphis as seven-point road dogs but they gave a gritty and gutsy effort in their 94-92 defeat which may have been a checkmark in the loss column for the team but it was an ATS cover for all who included the Grizzlies in their NBA picks on Monday night.

As of this writing it was reported that the Grizzlies acquired the services of Miami's Mario Chalmers and James Ennis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes. Chalmers will give Memphis a veteran presence while he will come off the books for a cap-strapped Miami Heat. Whether or not Chalmers will be available for this contest tonight is still unclear but he will give the Grizzlies something they lack which is more of an up-tempo pace and a threat from beyond the arc.

 

Final Analysis
The public will bet the Warriors with both hands no matter what number the NBA odds makers hang on them because Joe Q. Public has a very short term memory but not so short that he can't remember the Memphis Massacre last week. The fact is the Warriors are loaded and could run this team right out of their own building but Memphis should not be underestimated. It was just last spring that the Grizzlies took the Warriors to six games in the conference semifinals and it is still too early in the season to discount them as taking a big step backwards.

In addition to the fact that they are at home Memphis also feels the sting of a humiliating defeat suffered only nine days ago. Regardless of how good GSW is we must remember that the Grizzlies aren't exactly the dregs of the league. Grab the home dog here.

NBA Pick: Memphis +7 at Heritage

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