The NBA is set up with a solid slate of games throughout Sunday. Seven games are up on the board throughout April 25. One of these matchups will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 4:00 PM Eastern time.
Memphis has earned a record of 30-28 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are coming off a win in their last game and have won three of their last five. Memphis is only a game and a half back on the seventh seed and will look to catch Portland in this one. I expect the Grizzlies to come out hot in this one.
The Trail Blazers have put up a record of 32-27 to this point in the season, which has them in the seventh seed of the Western Conference. Portland has lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. The Trail Blazers is only half a game back on the sixth seed. Portland will look to turn it around with a big win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and are sitting in playoffs as of right now. The Grizzlies have bene a bit better as of late and will look to earn another win against Portland in this one. The Trail Blazers need to end this slump in this one if they want to bounce back in the standings. I expect another great game between these two teams.
The Grizzlies and the Trail Blazers met up three times throughout last season. Memphis hosted the first game on February 12. C.J. McCollum dropped 23 points and Damian Lillard scored 20 points. It was not enough for Portland though. Brandon Clarke finished with 27 points off the bench, while Ja Morant put up 20 points and 9 assists. The Grizzlies earned a nice 111-104 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to the qualifiers on July 31. Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 33 points, while Ja Morant had 22 points and 11 assists. It was not enough for Memphis this time though. C.J. McCollum scored 33 points and Damian Lillard finished with 29 points. Carmelo Anthony added another 21 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 140-135 win.
The third and final game of the season series was a play in game on August 15. Ja Morant put up 35 points. Jonas Valanciunas dropped 22 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Grizzlies. Damian Lillard scored 31 points and 10 assists, while C.J. McCollum finished with 29 points. Jusuf Nurkic dropped 22 points and 21 rebounds to help Portland move on with a 126-122 win.
Portland hosted the first game of this season’s series on April 23. Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic dropped 26 points and 17 rebounds. Ja Morant finished with 33 points and 13 assists. Dillon Brooks put up 25 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points off the bench. The Grizzlies were able to hold on for a 130-128 win.
Field Goal Shooting
Memphis has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Grizzlies have made around 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the NBA. Memphis been shooting 36.1 percent from behind the arc, which is 17th in the league. The Grizzlies have sunk around 77.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 15th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers have also been solid shooting so far this season. Portland has shot 44.7 percent from the field this season, which is 26th in the league. The Trail Blazers have made 37.7 percent of their shots from deep, which is 7th in the NBA. Portland has draining 82.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 4th in the league.
The Grizzlies have been better shooting the ball from the field, while Portland has been better from deep and the free throw line. Memphis has been better on defense this season. The Grizzlies have held opposing teams to a 46.7 percent from the field, which is 16th in the league. The Trail Blazers have allowed their opponents to make 47.9 percent from the field, which is 27th in the NBA.
Ja Morant has been the leader for the Grizzlies throughout this season. Morant has averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 19 points through his first two games. Dillon Brooks has averaged 17 points per game, while Kyle Anderson is averaging 12 points. Grayson Allen and Brandon Clarke have both averaged 11 points per game
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been the leaders for Portland this season. Lillard is averaging 28.5 points and 7.5 assists, while McCollum has averaged 23 points per game. Norman Powell is averaging 17.5 points per game. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 13.5 points, while Enes Kanter is averaging 12 points and 11.5 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds.
These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. Memphis is without Jonas Valanciunas in this one, which could allow the Trail Blazers to control the paint. Portland needs Lillard and McCollum to take over in this one as well. If the Trail Blazers can control the pace in this one early, it could be enough to grab a big win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, but Portland has struggled a lot as of late. The Trail Blazers have not been able to get going in their last stretch of games and will look to turn it around in this one. Portland is coming off a loss on Friday night, but I think they will control the game more in this one. I like the Trail Blazers to bounce back with a win at home.
BetOnline has Portland listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Trail Blazers at home in this one. Portland has been slightly better throughout this season and I think they will break out of this poor stretch as we near the playoffs. I like the value on the Trail Blazers as slight favorites at home in this one.