Memphis Grizzlies (16-14) vs Portland Trail Blazers (17-13 )Date : 12/19/2018
Time : 10:00 PM ET
Location : Moda Centre
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers will welcome the Grizzlies to Moda Center as they are coming off a win against the Clippers while the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors in their last game. Game tips off at 10:00 PM ET.
Memphis Grizzlies 's Latest Performance :
The Grizzlies are coming off a tough loss as they couldn’t overcome the Warriors, in their defense they were playing without Mike Conley. However, scoring only 16 points in the second quarter is unacceptable. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was former Warriors Casspi he finished the game with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Marc Gasol had 15 points, Kyle Anderson 14 and Garrett Temple 13 for the Grizzlies, who were opening a four-game trip. Memphis lost for the fifth time in six games. The Grizzlies need their point guard to successful. Conley is still marked as questionable against the Pistons this means Mack will get a second consecutive start. In his last start, he finished with only eight points on the night as he will be going up against Lillard who is coming off a 39 points performance. For the Grizzlies to steal a game on the road they will have to rely on points in the paint which means Gasol and Jaren Jackson have to dominate down low.
Portland Trail Blazers's Latest Performance :
The Blazers were able to hand the Clippers their 4th straight loss as they are now the 5th seed in the Western Conference. It was a great win for them considering they have been struggling on the road. Leading the way for the Blazers was Lillard as he exploded in the 3rd quarter scoring 22 of his 39 points. He is starting to tighten the screws in the last five games as he is averaging 27.8 points shooting 48.3% from the field. It was great to see him put the Blazers on his back in such a big game tells us that he doesn’t shy away from big moments. McCollum chipped in with 27 points of his own. He will look forward to facing the Grizzlies as in his last time out he was able to score 40 on them. The Blazers has won two straight and four of its last six games as the two backcourts are playing well at the right time. Nurkic had himself a night as well scoring 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. They need him to be a consistent scoring option in the paint to supplement the efforts of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He will be going up against Gasol on Wednesday.
How Memphis Grizzlies & Portland Trail Blazers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Bucks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Against The Spread Selection: Portland Trail Blazers
My reason for the pick :
The Blazers should pick up a comfortable win over the Grizzlies as Memphis will still be without their star point guard Conley. It is tough for them to run their normal sets considering how much Conley is involved in the offense. For the Blazers, I expect Lillard to have another huge scoring performance against Mack as he will lead his team to a third straight win. Go with the Blazers to win at home.
Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies :
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Portland Trail Blazers:
- Bucks are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 home games.