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Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Wednesday, February 1st
- Betting Odds MEM -5.5, POR +186 | MEM -230 O/U OFF
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-26. So far, the team has gone 26-24-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Portland is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Hawks. Going into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread. Their 129-125 victory was not enough to cover. This was a highly contested matchup, as Portland was not able to extend their lead in the second half as they went into halftime with a 4 point lead. In the win, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 42 points on a field goal percentage of 47.6%.
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 32-18, while going 24-24-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Grizzlies will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pacers by a score of 112-100. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Memphis went on to win the game, despite trailing by 12 going into halftime. In the win, Jaren Jackson Jr. led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 63.2%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Trail Blazers averaged 111.75 points per game vs Memphis, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Grizzlies actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Portland, the team averaged 107.0 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Trail Blazers. In these matchups, Portland has averaged 110 points per game, while allowing 107. Over the course of these games, they averaged 217 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 50 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.1 points per contest, placing them 18th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.4 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 48.2%.
Defensively, Portland has had its problems giving up an average of 115.11 points per game (27th).
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 38 games, Lillard is 6th in the NBA at 30.4 points per game. So far, him and Simons have accounted for 44% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 52.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Anfernee Simons is grabbing 2.8 rebounds for Portland to go along with 4.0 assists.
The Memphis offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 116.7 points per game. For the season, the Grizzlies have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 5th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53.0%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Grizzlies are giving up an average of 109.93 points per game, good for 12th in the NBA.
On offense, Ja Morant leads the Grizzlies in scoring at 27.3 points per game, placing him 12th in the NBA. Overall, Morant has hit 46.5% of his shots while accounting for 22.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 3rd in points allowed to point-guards. At 15.6 points per game, Dillon Brooks is the 2nd leading scorer for the Grizzlies. For the season, he is 354th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 39.4%.
Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF