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Looking for Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Grizzlies taking on the Blazers on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups, so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Grizzlies Trail Blazers matchup.
(6-4) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6-4)
Date: Tuesday November 7th
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -4
NBA Betting Total: 204
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers enter this contest with an identical record, yet it’s the latter who has won their last two outings (against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers).
Memphis enters this game coming off a loss to the Lakers and having dropped three of their last four with their only victory coming against the LA Clippers.
The Grizzlies have surprised a lot of people this season who thought they’d fall out of the playoff picture after losing grit-and-grind staples like Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen.
They won five of their first six games, including two victories over the Houston Rockets and one over the Golden State Warriors.
Since then, things have slowed down, if not completely crashing back down to earth. This is more along the lines of where people thought they’d be entering the year, so the question is: Have they simply hit a slump, or are they regressing to their actual competitive level?
Against Portland, the Grizzlies need to make containing Damian Lillard a priority. But not just in terms of points.
Lillard is coming off a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder where he scored 36 points but also collected 13 assists
The Grizzlies need to make him pass instead of shoot, but they can’t let him pass within the confines of his own play calling.
What does that mean exactly? It means double teams and switches will be crucial when it comes to making the opposing point guard uncomfortable and on his toes all night.
Portland Trail Blazers
Against Memphis, the Blazers need production on both ends of the floor from Jusuf Nurkic. Offensively, he needs to have a bully’s mentality in the post against an excellent defender in Marc Gasol. Defensively, he must be prepared to defend the perimeter as well as the rim, as Gasol has become a do-it-all option.
The other thing Portland desperately needs in this game is to match the defensive intensity of the Grizzlies. That should be easier this season than year’s past.
This season, the Blazers are fourth in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions.
Portland knows that Memphis will bring a defensive mindset into the Moda Center. If they can’t match that, they’ll be in trouble.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MEM are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Tue. games.
- MEM are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- MEM are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Grizzlies are looking to get things back on track, while Portland hopes to keep its momentum going.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Grizzlies +4
This one has the potential to be a low-scoring, close matchup. And if that ends up being the case, we’re siding with the home team—a home team that happens to have a clutch master who shows up big when it’s “Lillard Time.”
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 101 – Memphis Grizzlies 99
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