Grizzlies at Trail Blazers - 4/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (57-27) at Portland Trail Blazers (51-33)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, SPSO, KGW
The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers play game three of their playoff series Saturday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies could pretty much end this series by going up 3-0 here. Mike Conley is averaging 17 points and 3.5 assists while Beno Udrih is averaging 15 points and four rebounds. Marc Gasol is grabbing nine rebounds and Courtney Lee is dishing 1.5 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies have allowed just 168 points in the first two games and have now won 12 of their last 15 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Grizzlies are looking like the team they were in the beginning of the season and have become that quiet dark horse to make a deep playoff run. Offensively, the Grizzlies have six double-digit scorers. Seven of the Grizzlies last 10 losses have come on the road.
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The Portland Trail Blazers need a win here to have any shot of making this a series. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 28 points and 14 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 16 points and two assists. Nicolas Batum is dishing 5.5 assists and Meyers Leonard is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers need to get going offensively to get back in this series, as nobody besides Lillard and Aldridge is doing much. Also, Robin Lopez needs to be a bigger presence in the paint, as he’s not scoring or crashing the boards well. The Trail Blazers have won seven of their last 10 games on their home court. Chris Kamen and Arron Afflalo are questionable with injuries.
The Grizzlies are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Portland Trail Blazers are obviously a much better team than what they showed, and they just have to figure things out and get healthy. The reason to like the Trail Blazers here is that they're very tough to beat on their home court. Portland's crowd will show up, giving this struggling team an extra gear. The Trail Blazers should win here.