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The Warriors on Wednesday will seek to become the first defending NBA champion to win its first nine games since the heyday of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
But the Warriors must go through the brawniest team in the league to get there.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be at FedEx Forum trying to keep the Warriors from a 9-0 start and also seeking revenge for a 119-69 thrashing the Warriors administered – the worst loss in franchise history – on Nov. 2 at Oracle Arena.
Off to a slow start, the Grizzlies (3-5) wasted no time taking corrective measures, acquiring guard Mario Chalmers on Tuesday in hopes of boosting their anemic 3-point shooting. Chalmers, however, will not be available Wednesday night.
Warriors by 4.5.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley -- Games between these teams used to be decided by the big men. Of late, though, the difference has more often been the two point guards. Curry in last week’s rout poured in 30 points (10-of-16 shooting) in 28 minutes, while Conley scored 10 on 2-of-8 shooting. If Curry dominates Conley again, Memphis will be in deep trouble.
Warriors: F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) is out indefinitely.
Grizzlies: F Brandan Wright (R knee soreness) is listed as questionable. G Jordan Adams (R knee soreness) and F Jarell Wright (L foot surgery) are listed as out.
The Warriors won the first meeting this season, Nov. 2 at Oracle Arena, and last season won two of three to post their first season-series win over the Grizzlies since 2007-08. The Warriors also eliminated Memphis, four games to two, in the Western Conference semifinals last May.
“They’re a veteran team, a mature team, a resilient team that’s not going to care what the score was last game. It’s a fresh start tonight. We’re going to see a pretty fired-up team . . . they’re going to try to build some momentum. At home, they’re a tough team to beat so we’ve got to be ready.” – Curry on the Grizzlies.