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Memphis at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, December 17, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling to score points while dropping four of their last five games and are about to go up against one of the best scoring teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies will try to avoid a third consecutive setback when they begin a four-game road trip by visiting the defending-champion Golden State Warriors on Monday.

Memphis failed to reach 100 points in any of its last five games but still feels that the problems start at the defensive end. "It's a broken record with this team, but we have to defend," veteran guard Garrett Temple told reporters while looking ahead to the Warriors. "We have to finish possessions because they have that whole team back. We've got to figure out ways to put them in uncomfortable situations, limit them to one shot, and get some easy baskets, slow down the pace because they obviously like to run." The Warriors exploded for 130 points in a five-point triumph over Sacramento on Friday, bouncing back from a 113-93 home loss to the East-leading Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Golden State All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 95 points in Friday's triumph.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southeast (Memphis), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (16-13): Rookie point guard Jevon Carter made his NBA debut on Saturday with 22 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. "It's just part of the game," Carter told reporters of waiting until Dec. 15 to make his debut after being drafted in the second round. "It's a process. Every day I come in here, I work, and I just wait. I just give my best effort - being a good teammate on the bench for these guys. I love these guys, so whatever I can do to help is what I'll do." Carter provided a compliment to starting point guard Mike Conley, who scored a team-high 22 points in the 105-97 loss to the Houston Rockets.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (20-10): Power forward Draymond Green did not join his fellow All-Stars in lighting up the scoreboard on Friday but had just as big a hand in the offensive explosion while handing out 10 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds. Green totaled 11 points in three games since returning from a toe injury but is averaging 9.7 rebounds and eight assists in that span. Durant was one of the few Golden State players to have some success with 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting in the loss to the Raptors and followed that with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Friday's victory.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors SF Andre Iguodala (hip) sat out the last three games and is questionable for Monday.

2. Grizzlies SG MarShon Brooks, who had his name bandied about in trade discussions on Friday, scored seven points in 13 minutes off the bench Saturday.

3. Golden State took the last three in the series, including a 117-101 home win on Nov. 5.

PREDICTION: Warriors 113, Grizzlies 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 16-13 L2 9-6 7-7 1-2 15-11 3-1 11-8
Golden State 20-10 W1 12-3 8-7 3-0 17-10 3-1 10-6
Last Meeting
Memphis Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/5/18 MEM 101 GS 117 101 30 45.8 117 46 50.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis D. Brooks 18 46.2 4
Golden State K. Thompson 27 52.4 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 10 0 10
Golden State K. Looney 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Gasol 9
Golden State S. Curry 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Conley 659 43.0 148
Golden State K. Durant 942 51.5 221
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 282 36 246
Golden State K. Durant 258 19 239
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 201
Golden State K. Durant 205
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Memphis Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Memphis Off vs Golden State - Points For 102.5 Points For
Memphis Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.1 Points Against
Memphis - FG% 45.6 FG%
Golden State - FG% 45.1 FG%
Memphis - Reb 39.5 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.7 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Memphis Memphis Defense
Golden State Off vs Memphis - Points For 116.1 Points For
Golden State Off vs Memphis - Points Against 102.1 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.1 FG%
Memphis - FG% 44.6 FG%
Golden State - Reb 45.8 Reb
Memphis - Reb 44.9 Reb