Memphis vs. Portland Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Moda Center.

Memphis At Portland
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, SportSouth (Memphis), KGW (Portland)
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 95, Grizzlies 91
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Oddsmakers currently have the Trail Blazers listed as 3-point favorites versus the Grizzlies, while the game’s total is sitting at 188½.

The Trail Blazers were a 97-82 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the +8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (179) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Point guard Mike Conley has put together back-to-back solid games while playing with a sprained right foot that sidelined him for the final four games of the regular season. Conley averaged 17 points and badly outplayed Lillard despite a ritual that would have kept a less determined player on the sidelines. “It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot,” Conley told reporters. “It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now.”

Team record: 57-27 SU,42-40-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Memphis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Memphis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis’s last 5 games
Memphis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Portland could have shooting guard Arron Afflalo (shoulder) on the floor for the first time in the series but what it really needs is for Lillard to return to form. Lillard is a porous 10-of-37 from the field and 1-of-11 from 3-point range, and his lack of productivity crippled the Trail Blazers’ chances of competing in Memphis. “Talking to him and getting in his ear isn’t going to make anything better,” Aldridge told reporters in reference to his slump-ridden teammate. “I’ve been there.”

Team record: 51-33 SU,40-43-1 ATS
Current Streak: lost 6 straight games.
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Portland is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Memphis

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