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Game Preview: Warriors at Grizzlies – 4/10/19

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SEASON FINALE
On the tail end of the back-to-back, the Warriors look to finish strong as they round out the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies. This will be the fourth and final matchup between the two teams, with the Dubs leading the season series 3-0. In the most recent contest, the Dubs finished 118-103; with Kevin Durant recording the most efficient shooting game of his career, sinking 12-of-13 from the field (92.3 percent). While the Warriors have locked in the top seed in the West, Wednesday’s matchup presents the Dubs with the opportunity to sweep the series with the Grizzlies, and close-out the 2018-2019 regular season on a high note.

LAST TIME OUT
The bench had their chance to shine in New Orleans, and they responded with a strong 112-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds; and in his first career start in the NBA, Jacob Evans put up 11 points, five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. » Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MEM
57-24 32-49
1st in West 14th in West
PTS: 117.8 (2nd) PTS: 103.3 (30th)
REB: 46.1 (11th) REB: 41.7 (29th)
AST: 29.5 (1st) AST: 24.0 (18th)

LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Jacob Evans, Draymond Green, Alfonzo McKinnie and DeMarcus Cousins
MEM: Delon Wright, Tyler Dorsey, Justin Holiday, Bruno Caboclo and Tyler Zeller

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Stephen Curry (right foot), Kevin Durant (flu), and Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) are TBD. Team Notes
MEM: Dillon Brooks (toe), CJ Miles (foot), Jaren Jackson Jr. (thigh), Kyle Anderson (shoulder), Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) are out. Mike Conley (ankle), Avery Bradley (leg), and Joakim Noah (knee) are TBD.Team Notes

TUNING UP FOR THE PLAYOFFS

Five games into April, the Warriors are playing some of their best team basketball of the season. With their eyes on the playoffs, the Dubs are averaging 47 field made goals, 15 made three-pointers, 50 rebounds, 30.8 assists, 9.6 steals, and 7.0 blocks in the month of April; each of these are either the highest or second highest mark compared to previous months of the season.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MEM
PTS: Curry (27.6) PTS: Conley (21.1)
REB: Cousins (8.1) REB: Valanciunas (10.7)
AST: Green (7.0) AST: Conley (6.4)

MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
Though Memphis is without Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson, Jr., and Kyle Anderson in the frontcourt as all have been shut down for the season, they still have veteran leader Mike Conley who is averaging a career-high 21 points per game. The 32-58 Grizzlies sit in 10th in the West and are out of playoff contention, but they have not let-up on their opponents. Their last three games have included a 10-point win over the Dallas Mavericks, a two-point loss in overtime to the same Mavericks squad, and a last-minute loss to the Detroit Pistons who are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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