The NBA is set up with another great slate of basketball on December 15. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but 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 17-11 to start out the season, which has them in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have won three games in a row and eight of their last nine. Memphis has been hot as of late and will look to keep it going. The Grizzlies will look to earn a big win on the road in this one.
The Trail Blazers have put up a record of 11-17 to this point in the season, which has them in eleventh place of the Western Conference. Portland has lost six games in a row and nine of their last ten games. The Trail Blazers will look to get back on track in this one. Portland will look to earn a much needed win at home on Wednesday night.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Grizzlies have been a better team and are coming in on a nice winning streak. Portland is coming off a game on Wednesday night, but will look to avoid a slow start. If either team can grab an early lead, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Memphis Grizzlies||-3 (-107)||-145||Over 217 ½(-110)|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+3 (-113)||+125||Under 217 ½ (-110)|
|Team Data||Memphis Grizzlies||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Away/ Home Record||6-5||10-6|
|PPG Away/ Home||103.6||111.3|
|PAPG Away/ Home||109.6||107.8|
- 17-11 ATS this season
- 67-7 ATS as an favorite
- 7-4 ATS in road games
- 5-2 ATS in December
- 5-3 ATS after non-Conference game
- 4-2 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
- 4-3 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
- 7-7 ATS against team with losing record
Portland Trail Blazers
- 11-17 ATS this season
- 1-8 ATS as an underdog
- 9-7 ATS in home games
- 1-5 ATS in December
- 3-3 ATS in back to back days
- 6-8 ATS against team with winning record
These two teams met up on October 27 in Portland. Ja Morant dropped 17 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds per game. It was not enough for the Grizzlies though. C.J. McCollum finished with 25 points, while Damian Lillard added 20 points and 10 assists. The Trail Blazers were able to earn a 116-96 win at home early in the season.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 15, 2021
Field Goal Shooting
The Grizzlies have been solid shooting the ball this season. Memphis has shot 45.4 percent from the field, which is 16th in the league. The Grizzlies have made 34.6 percent of their shots from deep, which is 17th in the NBA. Memphis has drained 74.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 25th in the league.
Portland has also been solid shooting the ball throughout the season. The Trail Blazers have made 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. Portland has been shooting 34.8 percent from behind the arc, which is 16th in the league. The Trail Blazers have sunk 77.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 15th in the NBA.
These two teams have been solid shooting the ball on the season. Memphis has the edge on defense on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies have held their opponents to a 46.2 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. Portland has allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA.
Dillon Brooks has been solid for Memphis early in the season and will look to step up with Ja Morant still out. Brooks is averaging 18.1 points per game. Jaren Jackson Jr. has averaged 16.7 points per game. Desmond Bane is averaging 16 points per game. De’Anthony Melton has averaged 10.4 points per game to help round out the lineup.
Damian Lillard has been the leader for the Trail Blazers on the season. Lillard has averaged 21.6 points and 7.7 assists per game. Norman Powell is averaging 17.3 points per game. Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Anfernee Simons rounds out the lineup, averaging 12.6 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars this season, but the Grizzlies will still be without Ja Morant. The Grizzlies have been solid in his absence though and will look to keep it going. Portland is without C.J. McCollum and will look to earn a big win in this one. If either team can get some players to step up, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. Portland has struggled early in the season and will look to get back on track in this matchup. The Trail Blazers are coming off a tough loss to the Suns on Tuesday night, but I think they will come out fast in this one. Without Morant, I think Portland can earn the win.
BetOnline has Memphis listed as a -3 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. I think that this line is accurate with Memphis being the better team on the season. The Trail Blazers have struggled heavily recently, but I think they can bounce back with a much needed win in this one. I really like the value on Portland at home as underdogs.