Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table are clashing tonight, when the second-worse Memphis Grizzlies (25-40), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the third Portland Trail Blazers (39-24), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 7 games.
Date/Time: 03-05-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +5.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 25-40 record (29-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Thunder with a 95-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20 ppg, adding a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Jonas Valanciunas with 18.4 ppg and a team high 10.1 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 39-24 record (37-26 against the spread) so far this season and re currently tied with the Thunder in the third place of the West. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Hornets with a 118-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.9 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Grizzlies by 9 points and Blazers by 7). Grizzlies have a 15-17 home record, while the Blazers are 15-16 on the road. Blazers are better offensively, scoring 113.6 ppg to Grizzlies’ 101.1, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.7 ppg to Blazers’ 110. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 33.5%). Grizzlies are better in dimes made (23.5 to 22.9), while Blazers are better in boards grabbed (47.7 to 41) and both teams commit exactly 13.4 turnovers per game. Blazers are the favorite in this one and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -5.5 (-109)
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