Trail Blazers-Grizzlies prediction, pick, how to watch
The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to face the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA game Wednesday night at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. That said, now is a great time to check out our NBA odds series, which includes a Blazers-Grizzlies prediction and pick, featured below.
Portland has had an up and down season, going 24-26, good for 12th in the Western Conference. Head coach Chauncey Billups is on track to beat his 27 win total in his first season with Portland. The Blazers have won three of their last four games after a three-game losing streak.
Memphis rolls, goes 32-18 this season, ranking second in the Western Conference. Head coach Taylor Jenkins has improved his team during his four seasons at the helm. Memphis ended its five-game losing streak last time out, following an 11-game winning streak.
Here are the Blazers-Grizzlies NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NBA Odds: Blazers-Grizzlies Odds
Portland Trail Blazers: +5 (-110)
Memphis Grizzlies: -5 (-110)
Over: 239 (-110)
Minus: 239 (-110)
How to watch the Trail Blazers vs. the Grizzlies
Stream: ESPN Plus
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET / 4:10 p.m. PT
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Why the Trail Blazers could cover the spread
Damian Lillard leads the team with 30.4 points and 7.3 assists per game. Once again, Lillard puts in an utterly dominating performance. Anfernee Simons ranks second with 21.6 points per game. For the first time in his career, Simons had consistent tee times and he rewarded the team with his highest performance. Jusuf Nurkic is nearly averaging a double-double, with 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game leading the team. Jerami Grant averaged 21.3 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. Josh Hart is second on the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, averaging 9.3 points. Rookie Shaedon Sharpe, the seventh overall pick, is averaging 7.7 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting, playing mostly off the bench.
Portland drew 21.4 fouls per game, which ranks fourth in the league. However, their free throw shooting was poor, ranking 13th at 78.7%. Portland’s offense ranks 18th in the league, averaging 114.1 points per game. Portland’s defense has been decent, giving up 113.7 points per game, which ranks them 16th in the league.
Why the Grizzlies could cover the spread
Ja Morant quickly established himself as one of the best players in the NBA, leading the team with 27.3 points and 8.2 assists per game. Desmond Bane ranks second with 21.6 points per game, shooting 42.3 percent from behind the arc. Jaren Jackson, Jr. shot 49.6 percent from the field, including 37.1 percent from behind the three-point line, ranking third with 16.5 points per game. Jackson, Jr. leads the team with 3.2 blocks per game. Despite poor shooting numbers, Dillon Brooks averaged 15.6 points per game. Steven Adams has been a threat in the paint, shooting 11.5 rebounds per game to lead the team, but will miss about a month. Memphis ranks second in the league with 48.5 rebounds per game. While Portland ranks in the bottom half of the league in rebounding, they allowed their opponents third-least.
Memphis also excelled at blocking shots, ranking third with an average of 5.9 blocks per game. Offense was a strong point for the Grizzlies, ranking seventh with an average of 116.7 points per game. Memphis’ defense has been great lately, ranking ninth in giving up 112.3 points per game.
Final Blazers-Grizzlies Prediction and Picks
Even without Adams, the advantages Memphis enjoys on the boards will show up on the scoreboard. Their strong offense will help drive the total up.
Final Blazers-Grizzlies prediction and pick: Memphis -5 (-110), over 239 (-110)