Will Steph Curry Play Tonight? Warriors vs Grizzlies: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 05/16/2021, 11:25 AM EDT
May 4, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on New Orleans Pelicans forwards Naji Marshall (8) and center Jaxson Hayes (10) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Golden State Warriors will play hosts to Memphis Grizzlies in this season-defining clash for the all-important eighth place. Taking a glance at the NBA Table, their records could not be any more similar. Both teams have also won their last five games. The winner of this won’t have to go through multiple play-in rounds to reach the playoffs.

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Date & Time: May 16, 2021, 2:30pm ET

Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco

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Record: Warriors (38-33) vs Grizzlies (38-33)

Mar 10, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts after the play against the Washington Wizards during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Golden State Warriors

There is no better incentive for them to win this game other than potentially knocking the early season favorites, Los Angeles Lakers, out of the playoffs.

The Warriors rested the trio of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins in their closely fought 125-122 win against the Pelicans. Hence, all three of these starters will return rejuvenated for this hypothetical playoff clash against the Grizzlies.

As for their injury concerns, Kelly Oubre Jr. won’t be able to participate because of an issue with his wrist while Damion Lee is ruled out, in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols.

Starting 5 for Golden State Warriors

Guard – Steph Curry

Guard – Kent Bazemore

Center – Kevon Looney

Forward – Andrew Wiggins

Forward – Draymond Green

Preview | Memphis Grizzlies

 The Grizzlies also replicated the Warriors in their previous NBA game. Against the Kings a day ago, they also rested most of their starters and still escaped with a close 107-106 win.

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Ja Morant will be motivated to go up against arguably the best point guard in the league, Steph Curry, and get the better of him. Grayson Allen and Sean McDermott are unavailable for selection from their roster.

Starting 5 for Memphis Grizzlies

Guard – Ja Morant 

Guard – Dillon Brooks

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Center – Jonas Valanciunas

Forward – Jaren Jackson Jr.

Forward – Kyle Anderson

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Predictions | Warriors vs Grizzlies

It’s hard to predict the one definite winner of this encounter. Even their head-to-head this season reads 1-1. But we will select the Warriors to get their noses ahead since they have a trump card in Steph Curry.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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