Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 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
The Portland Trailblazers host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 at the Moda Center tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers have yet to really wake up in this series but the good news is that Arron Afflalo is expected to play tonight after missing out in the 97-82 loss at Memphis in Game 2. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team in scoring with 24 points with 14 rebounds, but he shot just seven of 20 from the field while Damian Lillard shot just five of 16 for his 18 points. Other than those two players, the Blazers had no one scored more than Nicolas Batum's 11 points which just isn't enough to even stay competitive, let alone win a road game in this series. Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, Afflalo is all clear to suit up for Game 3 and he, along with CJ McCollum are both expected to have big games if the Blazers are to notch their first win in this series.
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As for the Grizzlies, their strength lies in the frontcourt dominance of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph but in Game 2 it was actually the backcourt duo of Mike Conley and Courtney Lee who led the way with 18 points each. Gasol actually had himself a rough shooting night of 15 points on four of 15 shooting while Z-Bo scored just 10 points but this game turned in the second quarter when the Grizzlies went on a furious 15-2 run to lead by 50-39 at halftime. After two dominant performances, the Grizzlies accomplished their mission by holding onto home-court advantage but the real test begins now with Game 3 in hostile territory.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Portland.
You can expect to see much more fight from the Blazers given the importance of this game, but I still have the in-form Grizzlies winning this one given how dominant they've been so far.