MEM vs GSW Dream11: The NBA Playoffs are in full flow now and within a few days, we have seen 16 teams being cut to eight and from there we will be left with just four and then ultimately the last two. But before that, this Second Round promises to be a fun one and in this game, the Western Semi-Finalists Memphis Grizzlies will host the Golden State Warriors.
The Grizzlies showcased their premier skills in Round 1 as they closed the Timberwolves in the last game and won the series four-two. They will be raring to go against the elite perimeter shooting of the Warriors. On the other hand, the Warriors won four-one against the Nuggets in what was mostly a one-sided series as the Warriors showed early dominance. The Warriors will be tough on both sides and start as favorites against the Grizzlies.
Host: Memphis Grizzlies
Visitors: Golden State Warriors
Match Timing: 2 May, @ 01:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Fed Ex Forum
The Grizzlies’ perimeter shooting was terrible in the last series and it will be interesting to see how they respond against another tough perimeter defense in the Warriors. However, they also showed their prowess in the paint and their inside offense does look much better than the Warriors at the moment. Still, Grizz will need to hit outside shots and they will especially need Ja Morant to fill the scoring sheet.
One area where the Grizzlies certainly can be dangerous is forcing turnovers the Warriors are already a team that can be susceptible to making some tough-angled passes and the elite defense of the Grizzlies know how to get their hands on the basketball. The shot-blocking skills of the Grizzlies have been incredible too but I think the Warriors may take advantage of Jaren Jackson’s tendency to foul a lot.
For the Warriors, the duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will be ready to hit a barrage of shots. Curry is an incredible scorer and we know what he can do if he gets going. Historically, Semis and Conference Finals have been the high-yielding platforms. On the other hand, Wiggins will be key as a two-way wing squaring off against Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks while Draymond should be ready to contain the perimeter shooting of Desmond Bane and also the strong driving game presented by Morant and Jackson.
Peak Performance Predictions
Highest rebounder: Ja Morant: 10
Highest scorer: Ja Morant: 32
Top assists-deliverer: Ja Morant: 10
Scoreline Prediction: Grizzlies 114 Warriors 110
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Defensive Specialist: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr
Two-way Wing: SF: Dillon Brooks
Inside Presence: C: Xavier Tillman
Scoring Guard: SG: Desmond Bane
Leading Scorer and Playmaker: PG: Ja Morant
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, Tyus Jones, John Konchar, Yves Pons, Jarrett Culver, Tyler Terry.
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Two-way Wing: SF: Andrew Wiggins
Defensive Anchor and All-Around Forward: PF: Draymond Green
Major Scorer: PG: Stephen Curry
Off-the-ball Perimeter threat: SG: Klay Thompson
Isolation scorer: PG: Jordan Poole
BENCH: PG: Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II, Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica,Juan Toscano-Anderson, , Chris Chiozza, Moses Moody,
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
PG Morant has been a huge all-around factor but shot below 40% from the field and under 20% from three-point while but was huge assists-wise and rebounding-wise. I believe he will be in 26-33 points, 9-13 assists, and 7-10 rebounds range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-48
Curry made around 50% of his shots versus the Nuggets in the First Round and he has done an incredible job as a scorer in the early going. I expect a 27-34 points, 4-7 rebounds/assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-44
Jaren Jackson Jr(MEM)
After being off-colour for most games in the last series, Jackson nailed three of his six attempts from outside and had a strong game overall. He needs to stay out of foul trouble and if he does, I expect a 12-18 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Sharpshooter Bane nailed 27 threes in the last series and that is a promising sign for the Grizzlies team that has struggled from outside. I expect a 22-26 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-30
Two-guard Klay nailed 22 threes in five games on a 43% three-point line while shooting close to around 50% and doing a great job overall. I believe he will be in 21-25 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-33
Defensive Forward Draymond is an all-around threat and he is a terrific difference-maker for the Warriors. I believe he will be in 7-12 points, 5-8 rebounds, 4-7 assists, 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-38
MEM vs GSW DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS
PG: S Curry(PP), T Jones, J Morant(SP)
SG: K Thompson
SF: D Brooks
PF: D Green
C: K Looney, X Tillman Sr.
PG: T Jones, J Morant(SP)
SG: K Thompson, D Bane
SF: D Brooks, A Wiggins
PF: D Green(PP)
C: X Tillman Sr.
Don’t you wanna catch the first game of the Western Conference Second Round? In not the greatest piece of news for Indian NBA fans, the two designated streaming services Voot and JIO TV will not showcase this game. So, how can you watch it? You can download or access the NBA League Pass and if you buy the annual subscription, you can witness all the games and also their full game replays. To know the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the NBA