Date: 22 May 2021
Time: 6:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
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After ending at 8th position in the play-in tournament of the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors were awarded 2 opportunities to make it to the playoffs. The Warriors host the Grizzlies in a ‘do-or-die’ matchup after a tight 103-100 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament. The winner of the game will be up against Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoff.
Both teams rely heavily on their defence to win games. Over the regular season, the Warriors had the fifth-best defence, while the Grizzlies had the seventh-best defence.
Former defensive player of the year Draymond Green is a big reason why Golden State has a top 5 defensive ranking. However, it’s evident that their effectiveness depends entirely on Stephen Curry’s aggressive explosion and the opponent’s inability to contain him.
Memphis has seven members scoring double-digit points per game this season. Jonas Valanciunas, their starting centre, is at the front of the pack. The 6’1″ tall Valanciunas in the centre has been scoring close to 17.1 points and 12.5 assists, both being his career highs. Memphis leads the league in points scored in the paint (55.8 per game), and he’s a big reason for that.
Probable Starting 5:
Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr, Jonas Valanciunas.
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney.
Point Guard: Stephen Curry, Ja Morant
Shooting Guard: Kelly Oubre, Kent Bazemore
Small Forward: Andrew Wiggins, Dillion Brooks
Power Forward: Draymond Green
Center: Jonas Valanciunas, James Wiseman
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