Two squads fighting for the 8th and final playoff place of the West are clashing today, when the Blazers (29-37), are facing the Grizzlies (32-33). Memphis has a 3½ cushion over Portland but Damian Lillard is motivated to push his team into the playoffs. Blazers have the experience but Grizzlies have the youth excitement.
Date/Time: 07-31-2020, 16:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -2 (updated Vegas NBA Odds)
Blazers have a 29-37 record (27-37-2 ATS) and are 9th in the West. In their last game they won home against the Suns, 121-105. They covered easily the -6 handicap and ended their previous two-game losing streak. Damian Lillard with leads the team both in scoring 28.9 ppg and in assists with 7.8. CJ McCollum adds 22.5 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Grizzlies have a 32-33 record (34-30-1 ATS) and are 8th in the West. They are 1-2 in their last 3. In their last game they lost at home against the Magic, 115-120, failing to cover the -2 handicap. Ja Morant leads the team both in scoring with 17.6 ppg and in assists with 6.9. Jaren Jackson Jr. adds 16.9 ppg and 4.7 rebounds.
In their only previous meeting, the Grizzlies won at home by 7 points.
Blazers are better offensively (113.6 to 112.6), while Grizzlies are better defensively (113.7 to 115.2).
Memphis has a better FG percentage (47% to 46.1). Portland has a better 3-point percentage (37.2% to 35.2%).
Grizzlies are better both in rebounding (46.7 to 45.5) and in assists (27 to 20.2). On the other hand, Blazers commit fewer turnovers (13 to 15.3).
Bookmakers give the Blazers a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Lillard previously stated that he would not play in the restart if there wasn’t a playoff chance for his team.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -2 (-111)
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