NBA Picks: Fade Grizzlies & Lay the Points on Warriors at Home

David Lawrence

Monday, November 2, 2015 6:06 PM GMT

Memphis showed in the playoffs last May that it has a defense which can bother GS, but will the Grizzlies be able to play that kind of defense tonight? let's review the NBA odds for this contest.

Momentum
The Grizzlies are coming off a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The game was a very ugly one, and one could chalk that up to the Grizzlies’ own style, which is plodding and methodical, but that game style was even more the result of the Nets’ lack of speed and fluidity. Brooklyn is probably the hardest team to watch in the NBA. Without Deron Williams at the point, that team really struggles to run offensive sets and get into any kind of rhythm at the offensive end of the court. If Memphis looked ugly, the larger circumstances were a part of it.

The Warriors were the exact opposite of Memphis on Saturday, scoring 134 points in a 134-120 win over New Orleans. The win had special meaning for the Warriors because it came in the home arena of the Pelicans’ new coach, Alvin Gentry, who was the Warriors’ lead assistant last season. Gentry is the man who developed Golden State’s offense and helped make it into what it was. Curry and the rest of the Warriors showed Gentry just how good they still are with that emphatic offensive performance on Saturday. Golden State head coach Luke Walton, filling in for normal coach Steve Kerr (who is recuperating from back surgery), does not seem to be struggling in his interim role. Players are doing what they need to do, and as long as that momentum keeps moving along, the Warriors should feel very good about what they’re doing.

 

Matchup
With this matchup, there is a clear contrast, seen in the Western Conference playoffs from May. Memphis wants to play slowly and punch Golden State in the mouth. The Warriors want to get up and down the floor and turn the game into a track meet. Memphis will have a hard time adjusting in this game because the Nets are about as opposite the Warriors as you can get. It will be a difficult turnaround for the Grizzlies on the road.

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What’s The Pick?
The Warriors started as 7.5-point favorites on the NBA Odds but are now nine-point favorites. Bettors simply can’t deny what they saw on Saturday, as Stephen Curry threw in 53 points against the New Orleans Pelicans, including 28 in the third quarter. He continues to dazzle unlike any other player in the NBA today. It’s not that his skills are necessarily better than that of any other player in the game. LeBron James remains the player who can do the most things on the court, and more impressively than just about anyone else. However, Curry – at age 27 – is more centrally in the prime of his career. He is a phenomenal shooter, and he’s shooting the ball as well as he ever has, if not better. The things he does well, he’s doing extremely well, and that’s simply very tough to defend for opposing teams. Golden State is playing very fluid basketball and is extremely relaxed. Getting a day off should enable the Warriors to continue to play the way they want to. Take them at home against the Grizzlies with your NBA Picks.

NBA Pick: Golden State -9 at The Greek

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