Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/12/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Fedexforum)
MEM -4.5 O/U 235.5
The Portland Trailblazers travel to the FedExForum to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers have won seven of their last ten, capped off with a 115-109 win at home over the Miami Heat to improve their record on the season to 25-29 on the year. The Grizzlies narrowly escaped with a win on the road over the Washington Wizards winning 106-99 to improve their record on the season to 27-26.
The Trailblazers boast a solid offense coming in averaging 113.5 points per game ranking 8th in the NBA in the scoring offense despite struggling form the field shooting 45.7% from the field to rank 19th in the NBA. The Trailblazers are led by red-hot point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging 29.9 points per game on the season but has rattled off games of 61, 50, 48 and 42 in the last ten games. Lillard is 3rd in the NBA in scoring while also adding 7.9 assists per game ranking 6th in the NBA and leading the team. Manning the paint for the Blazers is center Hassan Whiteside who is averaging a double-double including a team-high 14.1 rebounds per game while adding 15.7 points.
The Grizzlies come in averaging 113 points per game ranking 11th in the NBA but are very efficient as a team shooting 47.3% from the field ranking 5th in offensive field goal percentage. Memphis is led by ROY favorite Ja Morant who leads the team in points with 17.6 points per game and assists with 7 per contest. Morant is shooting the ball at almost a 50% clip coming in at 49.7% from the field. Young star Jaren Jackson Jr. also averages 17.3 points per game while adding 5 rebounds.
Memphis is allowing 114.6 points per game ranking 21st in scoring defense in the NBA while holding opponents to 45.4% from the field ranking 11th in the NBA. The Trailblazers have no problems offensively but have struggled on the defensive end allowing 114.9 points per game ranking 25th in scoring defense in the NBA despite holding opponents to 44.8% shooting.
The Grizzlies have been a surprise force behind the development of their young stars like Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. and boast an impressive 29-23-1 record ATS on the season. The Blazers who made the Western Conference finals last season have played below expectations this season, showing with a 23-29-2 record ATS on the year. Final score prediction, the Trailblazers behind another impressive Damian Lillard showing win as underdogs in a close 117-112 game.