Memphis (22-16) at Golden State (31-5)
When: Friday, January 6th 2017
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: ESPN
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The Golden State Warriors will try and avenge one of their five losses on the season when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies hammered the Warriors 110-89 in their December 10th meeting in Memphis, but have not played well of late on the road. Memphis is on a four-game West Coast trip in which they won the first contest in Sacramento, but have dropped the last pair to both L.A. squads. The Grizzlies are one of the best defensive teams in the league (98.6), but have allowed over 112 points or more in six of their last nine games. “We will address our issues on the film,” head coach David Fizdale told reporters after Wednesday’s 115-106 loss to the Clippers. Memphis is near the bottom of all the major offense categories and don’t have a 20-point scorer. Marc Gasol leads the team in points (19.7), while seven other players average 8.1 or better. Gasol has scored 22 or more in four of his last five games, but the one he didn’t was a two point effort in 20 minutes of action, going 0-of-6 from the floor as he was battling an injured ankle. Memphis will return home for a game with the Jazz before going back on the road for two straight.
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The Warriors are 11-1 since the loss at Memphis back in December with the lone loss coming on Christmas Day to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State is currently on a four-game winning streak after a 125-117 win over Portland on Wednesday. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who totaled 46 points in the December 10th loss in Memphis, went for 79 against the Trail Blazers while Draymond Green handed out 11 of the team’s 31 assists. Golden State is an NBA-best 16-2 at home and is getting an MVP-level effort from Durant of late. The star forward hit 50% or better from the field in four straight games and seven of the last nine and needed only 16 field-goal attempts to record 30 points on Wednesday. The Warriors lead the NBA with an average margin of victory of +12.4. Golden State won its last two home games against Memphis by a total of 71 points. Golden State will get five of their next six at home including visits from Oklahoma City and Cleveland.
If Memphis was playing better defense, this would be a no-brainer. Golden State will want to get revenge in a big way and even though this line is high, I’m taking it.
Pick: Warriors -13.5