Memphis Grizzlies (32-33) at Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at The Arena.
The Memphis Grizzlies entered the NBA break splitting their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 112.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists while Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers entered the break losing eight of their last 12 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.9 points and 7.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 22.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The under is 6-1 in Grizzlies last 7 overall. The over is 17-7 in Trail Blazers last 24 overall. The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Memphis Grizzlies were the biggest surprise in the league this season, but I question how the break is going to impact such a young team. The Portland Trail Blazers were one of the biggest underachievers, but they're as close to full strength as they've been all year and are a veteran team that has to like its chances at sneaking in the playoffs. If I had to pick a team to get the eighth seed in the West, it would be the Portland Trail Blazers. This is a good chance to close some ground. I'll lay the bucket with the Blazers.