National Basketball Association: MEM vs. GS
Memphis Grizzlies (22-16, 9-9 away) at Golden State Warriors (31-5, 16-2 home)
January 6, 2017- 10:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
Winners of four straight, the Golden State Warriors will aim to stay hot when they welcome in the Memphis Grizzlies into Oracle Arena for a Friday night clash between two Western Conference powers that has the following betting lines;
Best Grizzlies Lines: Bovada Spread (+14) ML “See Live Odds”
Best Warriors Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-13) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: MyBookie 214.5
Meeting for the second of four meetings, the NBA-leading Warriors (31-5) will be seeking revenge against a Memphis team who handed them their most-lopsided defeat of the season by a score of 110-89 back in the state of Tennessee.
With just five losses on the season thus far, the Warriors have avenged one of their losses already when they destroyed the Los Angeles Lakers 149-106 following a thumping of their own by the Purple and Gold early in the season.
This time around, Golden State will look to cap off a perfect five-game homestand as they look to put some more distance between them and the second-place Los Angeles Clippers as they stand eight games up in the Pacific Division. Golden State has won their four games on their current home stand by between eight and 10 points.
Last season, Golden State swept the season-series over the Grizzlies 4-0, but after getting one handed to them back in Memphis, the Warriors have had plenty of time to mull over that defeat.
The Grizzlies for their part have dropped two consecutive games to fall to 22-16 on the season as they sit in third-place in the Southwest Division eight games back of San Antonio.
And when it comes to the Grizzlies, much of their recent struggles can be attributed to the lack of defense in where their last four defeats resulted in them allowing 112 points or more. Now faced with having to face a Warriors team on the road that will be licking their chops in payback, the Grizzlies will need to find their defense in a hurry or risk being run out of the building early on. In back-to-back losses to both LA teams at the Staples Center, Memphis allowed 116 points to the Lakers on Tuesday and 115 against the Clippers.
Facing a Golden State team that is scoring 117.5 points per game, will the Grizzlies be able to do enough on both ends of the floor to get out of Oakland with an upset? Going to the experts at topbet, they are favoring GS (-13) points over MEM, while Bovada is giving the underdog Grizzlies (+14) points.
MyBookie delivers the over/under at 214.5 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 214.5 total game points scored as my betting pick feeling the Warriors will have their way against Memphis.