The Golden State Warriors wrestled back the initiative in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2, now they host the Memphis Grizzlies looking to regain the lead.
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland.
When: Thursday May 14, 03:30 (UK time)
Coach Steve Kerr and his men faced their real bit of adversity all season last time out, with the pressure on the No.1 seed in the Western Conference to avoid facing an elimination game as early as the Conference semi-finals.
MVP Stephen Curry stepped up and delivered as he scored 33 points in Monday’s win, which was in stark contrast to his performances in the first three games where he averaged 21.3 points per contest.
As a result, having seemingly broken out of the shackles placed on him by Mike Conley, Curry is back in business and ready to lead his team to a series win in order to secure their spot in the Western Conference finals.
However, the Grizzlies have shown all year that they have the personnel to cause them problems and restrict them offensively. So, the hosts will need another big game from their point guard along with Draymond Green who is emerging as their most consistent option in order to protect home court.
Memphis will remain confident that they can upset the odds here given that they inflicted just a third loss of the season at the Oracle for Golden State all year in Game 2, and it would come as no surprise if they did so again.
The Grizzlies held their rivals to 23.1 percent shooting from three-point range across Game 2 and 3, and so they know what it takes to lock down defensively which gives them a great opportunity to go out and win the game.
However, they could be dealt a real blow with the news that Tony Allen is questionable with a hamstring injury, and his absence will certainly be a loss for them.
Prediction: A 3-1 deficit would have left Golden State in a serious hole in this game, but the momentum is back with them and they should comfortably protect home court.