Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 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 -5.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies look to close out the series against the Portland Trailblazers tonight in Game 5.
The Grizzlies have simply dominated this series and looked all set to complete the sweep when they were up by 80-70 with 8:48 left in the fourth quarter, but they just couldn't hold off the Blazers who closed the game with a 11-4 in the final 1:39. Coming off a 25-point game, Marc Gasol led the team with 21 points while Courtney Lee added 19 points but no one else scored more than Beno Udrih's 13 points as the Grizzlies lost their first game of the series.
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As for the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge shot just six of 22 for his 18 points while Nicolas Batum scored just 12 points after pouring in 27 points in Game 3, but that was no problem as Damian Lillard poured in 32 points on 12 of 23 shooting to pull of the unlikely victory. Another key contributor was the scarcely-used Meyers Leonard who played just five minutes in Game 3 but made the most of 35 minutes in Game 4 to sink a trio of threes en route to 13 points and 13 rebounds which really got the Blazers crowd engaged early on when the game wasn't going their way. It really was quite an inspired win from a Portland team who refused to get swept but they still have a mountain to climb as they're down 3-1 in the series.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last six road games, while the Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Memphis.
The Blazers showed plenty of fight to fend off the Grizzlies in Game 4 but that doesn't take much away from how much the Grizzlies have dominated this series, especially at home. Take the Grizzlies to continue their strong form at home and win this one by around 10 points.