The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout April 23. Seven games will be up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these matchups will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Memphis has earned a record of 29-28 to this point in the season, which has them in eighth place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are two games back on the seventh seed and only one game ahead of the tenth seed. Memphis is coming off back to back losses and will look to get back on track with a big win on the road in this one.
The Trail Blazers have put up a record of 32-26 throughout this season, which has them in sixth place of the Western Conference. Portland is three games behind the fifth seed and half a game ahead of the seventh seed. The Trail Blazers have lost three in a row and five of their last six entering this one. Portland needs to turn it around as they try to avoid falling to far in the standings.
These two teams are in playoff position as of Friday night and will look to improve their standing with a win in this one. Both teams have struggled a bit as of late and could really use a win to get them back on track. Portland has been better throughout this season, but their recent slide has been concerning. The Grizzlies will look to take advantage with a big win on Friday night.
The Grizzlies and the Trail Blazers met up three times throughout last season. Memphis hosted the first game on February 12. C.J. McCollum scored 23 points, while Anfernee Simons dropped 22 points off the bench. It was not enough for Portland though. Brandon Clarke scored 27 points off the bench and Ja Morant added 20 points and 9 assists in a 111-104 win for the Grizzlies.
The second game of the season series was during the qualifiers on July 31. Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 33 points and Ja Morant scored 22 points and 11 assists. This time Memphis came up short though. C.J. McCollum put up 33 points, while Damian Lillard added 29 points and 9 assists. Carmelo Anthony finished with 21 points as the Trail Blazers earned a 140-135 win in overtime.
The third game of the season series was a play in game on August 15. Ja Morant scored 35 points and 8 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points and 17 rebounds. It was not enough for the Grizzlies though. Damian Lillard dropped 31 points and 10 assists. C.J. McCollum put up 29 points, while Jusuf Nurkic finished with 22 points and 21 rebounds. Portland advanced to the playoffs with a 126-122 win.
Portland was able to win last season’s series and more importantly the play in game to move on to the playoffs. The Grizzlies won the first game of the season series at home, but lost both games in the qualifiers. Memphis will look to bounce back in this one as these teams will meet up three times in the next week.
Field Goal Shooting
Memphis has been around the middle of the league shooting the ball throughout this season. The Grizzlies have shot 46.9 percent from the field, which is 14th in the league. Memphis has made 36.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 17th in the NBA. The Grizzlies have drained 77.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 15th in the league.
The Trail Blazers have been solid shooting the ball so far this season. Portland has been making 44.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers are also shooting 37.7 percent from deep, which is 7th in the league. Portland has sunk 82.4 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 4th in the NBA.
Portland has struggled a bit from the field, but can take a game over from behind the arc. The Trail Blazers have struggled on defense though. Portland has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.8 percent from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Grizzlies have held opposing teams to a 46.7 percent from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. Memphis will look to shut down the Trail Blazers from deep in this one.
Ja Morant is averaging 19 points and 7.5 assists per game to lead the Grizzlies this season. Dillon Brooks has averaged 16.5 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 15 points and 8 rebounds in his debut this season last game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 12 points per game, while Grayson Allen has averaged 11.5 points. Brandon Clarke is averaging 11 points and De’Anthony Melton has averaged 10.5 points per game.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have continued to lead Portland this season. Lillard is averaging 28.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. McCollum has averaged 23 points per game. Normal Powell is averaging 17.5 points with the Trail Blazers. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Enes Kanter is averaging 12 points and 11.5 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers have been top heavy in scoring this season with Lillard and McCollum continuing to play at an elite level. Memphis has had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. The Grizzlies will likely be without Jonas Valanciunas though, which could allow Portland to control the paint. Memphis will need someone to step up in his absence if they want to earn the win.
Portland has struggled a lot as of late, but I think they can bounce back with a win in this one. The Trail Blazers can control the three point line and with Valanciunas out, they could force Memphis out of their game. I think Lillard and McCollum will take over early in this one to get out of this funk. I like Portland to come out quickly at home on Friday night.
BetOnline has the Trail Blazers listed as a -3 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Portland at home in this one. I agree with this line as the Trail Blazers have been better this season. Portland will look to get out of their slump at home and I think they can do it in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Trail Blazers.