What's the best bet, now, since Golden State’s offense has been thrown out of rhythm? The team has misfired in terms of its long-range shooting. Will Game 4 witness a Warrior comeback?
The Golden State Warriors Can Win Because…
They have never lost three games in a row all season long. Golden State lost two straight games four times over the regular season, but this team never suffered a three-game losing streak. The Warriors, when they’ve been bad and have begun to slip into bad habits, have managed to clean things up. Their coach, Steve Kerr, has acknowledged that struggling in the playoffs is part of the journey for a young team with players who are not used to playing in such a situation. So, Golden State doesn’t seem to be a team that will panic in Game 4. The Warriors are playing poorly, but they hold themselves to a high standard and know exactly what they need to do.
Also keep in mind this series that Golden State hit just 6 of 26 three-pointers in Game 3 and yet was down only five points late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors do not need to play a perfect game or anywhere close to it in order to beat Memphis. Golden State just has to be solid, particularly at three-point shooting and turnovers allowed. It will take work and concentration for the Warriors to win, but in terms of knowing what to do, this isn’t a complicated tale.
The Memphis Grizzlies Can Win Because…
These NBA odds underdogs are in control of the series, doing what they want to do and taking Golden State out of its offense. The Grizzlies held Stephen Curry to 8 of 21 field goal shooting in Game 3. The Griz limited Curry to 2 of 10 shooting on three-pointers. Memphis hounded Draymond Green, who was 1 of 6 from three-point land. The Grizzlies defended the three-point line, and they also forced 17 Golden State turnovers. The ability to make everything difficult for Curry and teammate Klay Thompson has shown how good Memphis is on defense. Tony Allen is getting into passing lanes, as shown by his four steals in Game 3. Marc Gasol controlled the defensive boards, grabbing 12 defensive rebounds in Game 3.
Memphis limited Golden State to 64 points through three quarters. The Warriors have therefore been limited to 65 or fewer points in the first three quarters of two separate games in this series versus the Grizzlies. After Game 2, many felt the Warriors would return to being good. In Game 3, the Grizzlies showed that it’s going to be very hard for Golden State to play well in this series.
The Grizzlies are the ascendant team here. The Warriors are facing their first taste of adversity and they don’t seem to have any answers. Even if the Warriors do win, five points is too much to give. Take the Grizzlies with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Grizzlies +5 at WagerWeb