Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs continue on Monday night and we will see the Golden State Warriors travel to the FedEx Forum to take on the Memphis Grizzlies in game 4 of their best-of-seven series. Free pick to follow. The game has a start time of 9:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Current Vegas betting odds have Golden State listed as 5 point favorites, while the total is set at 196.
Analysis: The Golden State Warriors have been the best team in the NBA this year and they really showed it in game 1 of this series with a nice 15 point win, but they have now lost 2 in a row in this series to fall games to 1. This is a jump shot shooting team that has had problems figuring out the Memphis defense the last 2 games. On the road this year the Warriors have gone 30-14. Golden State has gone The Warriors have scored 106.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting overall and 38.0% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 101.3 ppg on 43.2% shooting overall and 33.1% shooting from long range.
The Memphis Grizzlies looked like a much different team on last Tuesday with Mike Conley back in the lineup and they looked even better on Saturday as they took a 2 games to one lead in the series behind a 99-89 win. This defense has been awesome the last two games as they have allowed the top scoring offense in the league just 90 and 89 points over the two games. Memphis is now 35-10 at home this year. The Grizzlies have scored 99.4 ppg on 45.5% shooting overall and 34.2% from long range at home this year. Defensively they have been very god at home, allowing just 92.7 ppg on 45.8% shooting overall and 33.4% shooting from long range.
Pick: I have been on the Under the last 2 games and I will do so here as well. This Memphis defense has played inspired ball the last 2 games and it really is the key to them having a 2-1 lead in the series. The Warriors averaged 112 ppg for the year overall, but Memphis has held them to just 89 and 90 points in the last 2 games. Incredible. The Grizzlies usually get the pace they want at home when they games have averaged just 192 ppg and their defense has been exceptional at home, where they have allowed just 92.7 ppg on the year. The Warriors have not played bad defense in this series and I see the continuing for them here. The last 2 games have been played in the 180s and this one should as well.
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