Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs continue on Friday night and we will see the Golden State Warriors travel back to the FedEx Forum to take on the Memphis Grizzlies in game 6 of their best-of-seven series. Free pick to follow. The game has a start time of 10:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN. Current Vegas betting odds have Golden State listed as 5 point favorites, while the total is set at 193.5.
Analysis: The Golden State Warriors have been the best team in the NBA this year and they are now on the verge of reaching the Western Conference Finals after the took a 3-2 series lead with a blowout win on Wednesday night. The Warriors got their shooting touch back some as they hit 14 treys in the rout. Very hard to beat this team if they are hitting long range shots. On the road this year the Warriors have gone 31-14. Golden State has gone The Warriors have scored 106.5 ppg on 45.9% shooting overall and 38.1% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 100.9 ppg on 43.1% shooting overall and 32.8% shooting from long range.
The Memphis grizzlies played rather good in the early part of this series, but they may now be running out of gas after taking a 15 point home loss in game 4 and a 20 point road loss in game 5. The Grizzlies are a good defensive team, but they just can't sustain enough offense over a 7 game series to overtake the powerful Warriors. Golden State is just too good offensively to be held in check for too long and you must have some sort of offense to keep pace with them. Memphis is 35-11 at home this year, so that is something for them to look forward to tonight as they look to send this to a game 7. The Grizzlies have scored 99.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting overall and 33.9% from long range at home this year. Defensively they have been very good at home, allowing just 92.8 ppg on 45.9% shooting overall and 33.6% shooting from long range.
Pick: I am gonna go with the Warriors n this one as I feel they close out the series with a big win. The Warriors are starting to play defense like they know they can and their are now figuring out the Memphis defense. In game 4 n this floor it was the Warriors that won the game 101-86 and I just can't see anything different happening here. The Grizzlies are running out of gas and their season should end tonight.
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The NBA Playoffs series between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors is tied 2-2, but professional sports handicapper Steve Fezzik says the Grizzlies have as much chance of winning this series as a lawyer does getting out of John Grisham's The Firm. The Warriors are the team to beat in the West and Fezzik compares this series to having a bye into the semifinals, predicting the series won't go past Game 6, even with Grizzlies like Mike Conley putting forth their best effort.