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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (46-28) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-54)
Date & Time Wednesday March 28, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +6 -- Over/Under: 203
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NBA | Portland Trail Blazers (46-28) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-54)

The Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Wednesday in NBA action at the FedExForum.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to keep the ball rolling after winning 15 of their last 17 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 106 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.6 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won seven straight road games.

The Memphis Grizzlies have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since mid January. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 98.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 17.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have won seven home games since Christmas.

The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Memphis, 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Even without Lillard, who flew back home for the birth of his child, the Portland Trail Blazers should have enough to beat up on a Memphis Grizzlies squad that's been losing and failing to cover all season. McCollum is more than capable of taking over games and Portland has been getting more consistent play from its role players. Give me the reasonable chalk, as backing the Grizzlies isn't an option.

Portland Trail Blazers -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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