NBA Picks and Predictions – Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers – April 23, 2021
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions for this NBA basketball game on Friday April 23, 2021
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Free Expert Picks and Predictions on this game between the Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers. This matchup tips off on Friday April 23, 2021 at 10:00pm et at the Moda Center in Portland.
The currently Draftkings NBA odds have the Trail Blazers listed as a -3 points and the over/under at 232.5 total points.
This will be the first time these two teams have faced each other all season, but with the messed up scheduling, they’ll have to play each other twice more over these next five days. Both teams are battling hard to stay in playoff contention, so this three game series has tons of implications for the future Western Conference playoff matchups.
Memphis comes into this game at 29-28 overall this season after dropping their last two games to the Denver Nuggets and then on Wednesday Night to the LA Clippers 117-105. The Clippers were without their two top players Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, but played with a ton of heart. In that game, the Grizzlies came out on fire in the first quarter, shooting 70% from the field and scoring 39 total points, but then they fell apart as a team for the other three quarters.
Jonas Valanciunas is listed as questionable for this game, but the good news is that Jaren Jackson Jr. is back in the rotation and played a pretty impressive game in his return, putting up 15 points and 8 rebounds.
The Grizzlies on the road this season have the third best offense in the league that scores an average of 117.6 points per game and they’re in the middle of the pack on defense, giving up an average of 113.2 points per game.
Memphis is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games and The total has gone over in 8 of the Grizzlies last 10 games
Portland comes into this game off another heart breaking loss on Wednesday Night to the Denver Nuggets 106-105, where Norman Powell had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but just couldn’t seal the deal. Damian Lillard came out pretty hot in the first half, but then cooled off and finished leading the team with 22 points. Portland is now 32-26 overall after losing three in a row to the Hornets, Clippers and then to the Nuggets, so they’re in desperate need of a big win to get back on track and close out these last couple weeks of the regular season strong.
The Trail Blazers at home this season score an average of 114 points per game and give up an average of 113.6 points per game on defense. Portland is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis and total has gone under in 6 of the Blazers last 8 games.
In this Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers game, we’re rolling with the Blazers First Quarter at the -110 price.
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