Trail Blazers at Grizzlies - 4/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (51-31) at Memphis Grizzlies (55-27)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -4 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Sunday night in the first game of the playoffs.
The Portland Trail Blazers ended the season on a four-game losing streak. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.8 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21 points and 6.2 assists. Robin Lopez is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is dishing 4.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 46.2 percent in their last five games and have lost six of their last 10 games when topping 100 points. The Trail Blazers have lost four straight road games. The Trail Blazers have to get healthy to have a shot at a deep playoff run. Chris Kaman is questionable with a back injury.
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The Memphis Grizzlies ended the season splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 98.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 95.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while Zach Randolph is averaging 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. Jeff Green is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Courtney Lee is dishing two assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 46.3 percent in their last five games and have won 12 of their last 13 when topping 100 points. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last 10 home games. The Grizzlies hope this is the season they get over that playoff hump. Mike Conley is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. win. The Trail Blazers are 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Memphis and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
I see this series going a long way, but the Grizzlies are healthy and have been playing better ball as of late. Add in the home court, and I see Memphis getting the job done in game one.