Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/11/14
Portland Trail Blazers (42-21) at Memphis Grizzlies (36-26)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -3 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers take the trip to the FedExForum tonight to take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Trailblazers have lost three of their last four games and will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Rockets by 118-113 in overtime on Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 28 points, Wesley Matthews added 26 and Damian Lillard had 21 but there was just no stopping James Harden who poured in 41 points, including 17 in a 33-21 fourth quarter for the Rockets. Once again, the Blazers failed to hold a team under 110 points which is why they've lost four of their last five road games to drop to an 18-13 away record.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have won four of their last five overall and will be going for a seventh straight home win tonight after cruising past the Bobcats by 111-89 on Saturday. Mike Conley led five players in double figures with 20 points while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol added 16 and 14 points respectively as the Grizzlies put the Bobcats away thanks to a strong second half. To be fair, the Bobcats were playing their fifth game in seven nights against some of the elite teams in the league so fatigue was definitely a factor, especially in the second half. Still, Memphis will have to take any win they can get as their 36-29 record is equal with the ninth-placed Phoenix.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 13-3-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Memphis and the Under is 7-1 in the last eight overall.
The Blazers hold a pretty strong record ATS when playing the Grizzlies, but given their lack of success on the road lately, I have to go with the home team in this one.