Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies – NBA April 28

Trail Blazers (33-28, 17-12 road) at Grizzlies (31-29, 13-16 home)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
  • TV: NBC Sports Northwest | Bally Sports Southeast | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Trail Blazers took a huge win over the Pacers in Indianapolis, so now they encounter a dangerous Grizzlies team on the second night of a back-to-back. The Blazers are 7-6 on the second day without any rest.

Memphis is 1.5 back of Portland and this is the last of three meetings in six days as the Grizzlies swept the Trail Blazers last week in Portland. The Grizzlies were flat in Monday night’s 120-96 loss to the Nuggets as it came on the heels of the sweep of the Blazers.

Ja Morant was nearly unstoppable as he averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists in those two wins over the Trail Blazers

The Grizzlies are 5-5 in their last 10 games while the Trail Blazers are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

Memphis currently has a four-game winning streak over the Portland Trail Blazers in FedEx Forum.

Injuries to Key Contributors

  • Portland Trail BlazersN/A
  • Memphis GrizzliesN/A

Trends

Trail Blazers (30-31, ATS):

  • Portland is 1-4 ATS in it’s last 5 games vs. Memphis
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Blazers’ last 9 road games
  • The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. Memphis

Grizzlies (37-22-1, ATS):

  • Memphis is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 games
  • The OVER has been the call in 9 of the Grizzlies’ last 13 outings
  • The Grizzlies are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games vs. Western Conference opposition

Last Time Out

Anfernee Simons made nine triples as the Trail Blazers opened up an early lead en route to a 133-112 win over Indiana on Tuesday. Simons led Portland with 27 points while Damian Lillard added 23. The Trail Blazers shot 57.1 percent from the field as they opened up a 113-78 lead after three periods.

Memphis lost the seventh game of a season-long seven-game road trip as the Grizzlies bowed to Denver, 120-96, on Monday evening. Ja Morant was the only Grizzly who had over 13 points as he notched 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists Jonas Valanćiūnis and Jaren Jackson, Jr. had 10 each as they came off the bench.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Trail Blazers +1.5 (-111) -103 O 240 (-110)
Grizzlies -1.5 (-109) -117 U 240 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook

Advantage, Portland

Portland Trail Blazers LogoEnding the five-game losing streak last night in Indiana should lift some pressure and give the Trail Blazers a new sense of direction. The problem is they are on a road back-to-back against the rested Grizzlies, who are licking their wounds after the loss at Denver. Memphis’s 2-0 record vs. Portland can also be a psychological advantage in favor of the Grizz because the games in the series are so close together. Simons was on fire, but this game will take Lillard (28.3 ppg) and C.J. McCollum (23.2 ppg) to step up and make plays as Portland hits 38 percent of their triples on the season (7th/NBA).

Key Blazers Stat:

Portland will need an excellent defensive effort to win this game on the road as the Blazers had trouble controlling Ja Morant in the past two games and then Indiana shot 52.2 percent last night despite the loss.

Blazers Fact:

Keep in mind the Grizzlies’ two wins over Portland were by two and seven points. In the 120-113 Memphis win on Sunday, Valanćiūnis came back from injury where he scored 21 points and had 10 boards. Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson, Jr. followed Ja Morant’s 33 with 27 and 25, respectively. Sunday’s win felt more post-oriented for Memphis and Friday’s 130-128 victory was all about the guards. Portland’s defense is 15th overall in the league in allowing 46.5 percent.

Advantage, Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Logo 101x101Ja Morant (19.7 ppg, 46.0%) and the Gunning Grizzlies are a tough matchup for anyone with eight players averaging between 19.7 and 10.1 points per game while they take an NBA high 92 field goal attempts per game. The interesting part of that number is that 61.1 percent of those are inside the three-point line. This speaks to Morant’s ability to go off the dribble where he makes 73 percent from the line and averages 7.3 assists per game. Getting Valanćiūnis (17 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 58.8%) the ball in the paint and on the blocks is a huge advantage for Memphis as the Grizzlies need him to be healthy in order to potentially win a playoff series.

Key Grizzlies Stat:

Dillon Brooks (16.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg) is a tough cover in going off the dribble and finding his three as he has made a team high 105. He is third on the team in free throw attempts as he makes a team high 84 percent. He is someone Memphis has to rely on to score as he has hit a bit of a wall of late with a pair of single digit games in his last four. He was in foul trouble and not so coincidentally, those were losses to the Clippers and Nuggets.

Grizzlies Fact:

Getting Jaren Jackson, Jr., back and getting him into playoff shape is a monumental advantage for the Grizz. Jackson scored 23 points and made 10-of-14 shots in Memphis’ first win over Portland last Friday. He has played at points in his career like the second man in a tough one-two punch with Morant. As he gets into shape, watch for his ability to affect a game.

Winner: Memphis (-1.5) 119, Portland 113

The Bets
Memphis Grizzlies -1.5
-109
Memphis Grizzlies
-117
UNDER 240
-110
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