Portland vs. Memphis Preview

The fans at FedExForum will be treated to a game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies when they take their seats on Saturday.

Portland At Memphis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 21, 2015
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), SportSouth (Memphis)
PREDICTION: Grizzlies 95, Trail Blazers 92
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Oddsmakers currently have the Grizzlies listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Trail Blazers, while the game’s total is sitting at 192½.

The Grizzlies were a 112-101 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the +2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (213) made winners of OVER bettors.

Memphis failed to reach 100 points in five straight games before turning things around while shooting 53.2 percent from the field against the Mavericks. Reinserting Conley into the lineup played a part in the efficiency, but the Grizzlies made another change in the rotation by replacing Jeff Green in the starting five with Tony Allen. Green poured in 15 points while leading the second unit, and Allen had 13 points and seven rebounds out of the starting spot.

Team record: 48-21 SU,32-35-2 ATS
Memphis is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Memphis’s last 24 games
Memphis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Memphis is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home

The Trail Blazers were a 111-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the -8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (215) made winners of OVER bettors.

Portland fell behind by 25 points in the third quarter at Washington on Monday before falling short, and squandered fourth-quarter lead at Miami and Orlando on the next two stops. The most consistent performer has been All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who posted a double-double at each of the first four stops on the trip and is averaging 28.3 points and 11 rebounds in those contests. Aldridge averaged 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the first two games against Memphis this season but sat out a 98-92 loss to the Grizzlies on Feb. 22 with a thumb injury.

Team record: 44-23 SU,34-32-1 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Portland is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland’s last 5 games
Portland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

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