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NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors (36-35) at Memphis Grizzlies (42-27)

When the Golden State Warriors, who struggle on the road, play the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, the atmosphere is likely to be tense.

When the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 131-110 on March 9, the two teams just had a difficult encounter in Memphis. It was Memphis’ first victory in three games this season against Golden State.

Draymond Green of Golden State and Dillon Brooks of Memphis have frequently spoken negatively of one another, which was made worse by the Warriors’ six-game victory in the Western Conference semifinals last season. The most recent matchup was marred by post-match criticism as well as in-game animosity.

Despite star point guard Ja Morant serving a suspension for disruptive behavior, the Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings share the second-best Western Conference record (42-27) and have avoided falling behind. As the eighth and final game of Morant’s punishment approaches, Memphis is 4-3.

The Grizzlies likewise figure to be rich in the wake of establishing an establishment standard by recuperating from a 29-point, second from last quarter shortfall on Friday to post a 126-120 extra time triumph over the meeting San Antonio Prods.

The Warriors (35-35), who have lost five of their last seven games, are fighting for a playoff spot in the West’s top six. After the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Golden State is now in the first play-in spot.

Additionally, the Warriors have a dismal 7-28 road record, and their loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, 127-119, was their 10th consecutive game away from home.

Steve Kerr, the coach of Golden State, still anticipates a turnaround.

Green received an automatic one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul on Wednesday in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, which meant that he was unable to play in the game on Friday.

Stephen Curry scored 31 focuses on 12-of-27 shooting against the Falcons. He had scored 50 points against the Clippers two nights prior, converting 20 of 28 attempts.

The Warriors are playing the third of five road games against the Grizzlies. Forward Kevon Looney said the club needs to zero in on how it’s playing rather than where.

In the interim, Memphis played an unfortunate first half before the noteworthy meeting against the Prods. Grizzlies mentor Taylor Jenkins said he didn’t have anything to share with his players at halftime.

Tyus Jones has stood out as Morant’s replacement and recorded his first career triple-double on Friday with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. In four of the seven games Morant has missed, Jones has had at least two assists.

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