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The Golden State Warriors are undefeated, but they will retain the role of hunter Thursday night when they seek to avenge a season-ending loss to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. The eighth-seeded Warriors and ninth-seeded Grizzlies put on an entertaining show in the inaugural NBA play-in tournament grand finale in May, with Memphis getting two late hoops from Ja Morant to pull out a 117-112 overtime victory. The win sent Memphis on to face the West's top-seeded team, the Utah Jazz, in the first round of the playoffs, with the Grizzlies falling 4-1.
The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards will each attempt to sweep a back-to-back set when the clubs meet on Thursday in the nation's capital. Washington knocked off the Boston Celtics 116-107, while Atlanta edged the New Orleans Pelicans 102-99. The Hawks swept all three games against the Wizards last season, winning both games in Atlanta during the season's final week by a combined five points after posting a 16-point victory at Washington in January.