Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 2-12-2020
On Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies will battle in this Northwest vs. Southwest matchup. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on NSNW for Portland and FSSE for Memphis.
Trail Blazers Trying To Make A Playoff RunThe Portland Trail Blazers have had an interesting season, but now they find themselves almost in a playoff spot. They are ninth in the Western Conference standings, 15-22 in conference play, 10-19 away, and 6-4 in their last ten games. For the past six games, the Trail Blazers have been in win-loss mode and they are three games back of the final playoff spot. They have gone back and forth with some high scoring wins and losses, but they need to get streaky. Portland has a somewhat easy schedule coming up and it is the perfect time to stack up some wins. Damian Lillard leads the team in points per game with 29.9.
Acording to blazersedge.com, the Trail Blazers should re-sign Hassan Whiteside this summer, despite the risks.
"This analysis only looks at the cap and at the narrow perspective of “Whiteside is better than a minimum salary player so he should be re-signed.” There may be other considerations, such as splitting time at center with Nurkic, that make this impractical."
In their last game, Portland lost to New Orleans 138-117. It was a close first half, but this game got out of hand in the third quarter, as the Trail Blazers were outscored 41-21. They had five players finish in double figures in scoring and Lillard and CJ McCollum led the team in points with 20. Portland shot 47.3 percent from the field, 7 of 29 on threes, and 22 of 28 on free throws. They need to work on getting more rebounds and throwing the ball around.
Memphis Hanging Onto That Eighth SeedThe Memphis Grizzlies are having a slightly above-average season. They are eighth in the Western Conference standings, one game above .500, 17-16 in conference play, 15-13 at home, and 7-3 in their last ten games. With a win, Memphis can create some more insurance and help with their playoff chances. The Grizzlies have been in a little win-loss mode and have played some elite teams. The offense is trying to being productive again and the defense will try to come up big against a good team. Ja Morant leads the team in points per game with 17.6.
According to fivethirtyeight.com, Ja Morant Looks Like The Next Great Point Guard.
"Morant is on track to do something as a rookie that has only been done by one other player in the history of the league, regardless of experience: average at least 17 points and seven assists while playing less than 30 minutes per game. The only player who has ever hit each of those benchmarks is Mark Price, who did so all the way back in 1992."
In their last game, Memphis beat the Washington Wizards 106-99. The Grizzlies were down 12 points early, played well in the middle quarters, and then outscored the Wizards 26-14, in the fourth quarter. Memphis had four players finish in double figures in scoring and Morant led the team with a triple-double of ten rebounds, ten assists, and 27 points. The Grizzlies shot 42.2 percent from the field, 5 of 32 on threes, and 15 of 25 on free throws. They grabbed a lot of rebounds and did well in points in the paint.
The top supporting trends for Memphis, found on Covers.com are:
The top supporting trends for Portland, found on Covers.com are:
- Trail Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.