Trail Blazers at Grizzlies - 4/29/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (52-34) at Memphis Grizzlies (58-28)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, KGW
The Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Wednesday in game five of their playoff series.
The Portland Trail Blazers hope to extend this series yet another game with a victory. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.8 points and 11.8 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.5 points and five assists. Nicolas Batum is dishing 4.8 assists and C.J. McCollum is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers played their best game defensively in their game four victory and will have to play with that same energy to win here. Also, Lillard showed flashes of his elite play, which always gives Portland a chance to win. Arron Afflalo, who is 2-10 from the field in his last two games, needs to give the Blazers something if they’re going to win this game. The Trail Blazers have lost six straight road games.
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The Memphis Grizzlies advance to the next round against the Warriors with a victory. Marc Gasol is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds while Courtney Lee is averaging 16.5 points and 1.5 assists. Beno Udrih is dishing 3.7 assists and Zach Randolph is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies clearly missed Mike Conley in their game four loss, as they shot under 44 percent from the field. Still, the Grizzlies can play better defensively and will have to if they’re going to close this one out. Jeff Green is just 5-19 from the field in his last two games. The Grizzlies have won six of their last seven home games.
The Trail Blazers are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Trial Blazers got much-needed help for their home crowd to avoid the sweep. That's not going to be the case here. Memphis knows it needs to close this out to get rest before its next series. Also, the Grizzlies are a lot tougher to beat at home and that D will show up. Take the Grizz and the reasonable chalk.