Trail Blazers at Grizzlies - 4/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (51-32) at Memphis Grizzlies (56-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, KGW
The Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies play game two of their playoff series Wednesday night.
The Portland Trail Blazers really struggled in the game one loss by shooting just 33.7 percent and allowing 100 points. In the loss, LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 32 points and 14 rebounds while Nicolas Batum had 15 points and four assists. C.J. McCollum grabbed five rebounds and Meyers Leonard scored seven points off the bench. The Portland Trail Blazers need to get healthy before they can really compete in this series. The Trail Blazers could also use better play from Damian Lillard, who was just 5-21 from the field. The Trail Blazers are a dangerous team when everybody’s clicking and besides Aldridge, nobody had it going in the game one loss. Don’t panic yet, Portland. Arron Afflalo is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The Memphis Grizzlies shot 44.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over just eight times. In the victory, Beno Udrih led the way with 20 points and seven assists off the bench while Zach Randolph had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol also grabbed 11 rebounds and Mike Conley had 16 points in just 24 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies looked like a championship contender in the game one victory, as they don’t allow any inside presence and simply dominate the boards. The Grizzlies will be really tough to beat if they can duplicate that performance the rest of the way. The Grizzlies have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Grizzlies have won five of their last six home games.
The Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Grizzlies are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Memphis and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I think the Trail Blazers can really put up a fight in this series. They just have to get healthy and need Lillard to play at his elite level. Until I see both, I have to back Memphis in this matchup. The Grizzlies are on a mission to really turn that playoff corner and possibly win the West. Look for the home team to win again.