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(31-46) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers (49-28)
The visiting New Orleans Pelicans have lost one straight, but they’ve also dropped eight of their last 10 overall entering this contest.
The home team Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have won on straight, but they’ve managed to win eight of their last 10 overall.
These two tip off at 10:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Portland, Ore.
Jonas Valanciunas is set to miss the rest of the 2018-19 season. His ankle injury will not require surgery, but it’s bad news for anyone who liked watching this team play competitive basketball.
Or at least as competitive as a rebuilding team that has had health issues can be.
Here’s the good news for the Grizzlies: They’re going up against a team also missing its starting center.
The catch for Memphis is that the Blazers have sneaky depth in the frontcourt since signing Enes Kanter.
Kanter is now the team’s starting center, with the likes of Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins playing reserve roles in the frontcourt (not to mention Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu who can step in at the 4.)
The Grizzlies’ frontcourt will feel the impact of being extra short-handed in this one despite Nurkic’s absence.
Portland Trail Blazers
Nurkic being out against the Grizzlies is a big deal, but the truth is that he hasn’t always handled the physicality of Memphis’ roster all that well in the past.
That, admittedly, mostly applied during the Marc Gasol days, but if you don’t let Nurk dominate physically, he can get it in his own head and lose some of his ability to make plays as well.
But here’s the thing: It won’t be Nurkic for whom the Blazers are longing in this one.
CJ McCollum is still out as he recovers from a knee sprain and he’s made a career out of torching the Grizz.
The Blazers will need their reserves in the frontcourt to step up, but they’ll also need something along the lines of another triple-double from Evan Turner (who got one in the team’s last outing), a good scoring game from Harkless or a surprise shooting night from someone like Seth Curry off the bench.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in MEM last 9 overall.
- Over is 6-2 in MEM last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- MEM are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 road games.
- POR are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wed. games.
- Over is 15-5-1 in POR last 21 home games.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction: Blazers are—and look—shorthanded.
The Blazers won their double-overtime game against Brooklyn last week when Nurkic went down with the same leg injury that got Paul George a few years back, and they managed to come away with straight-up victories in three of their subsequent four.
But at some point, this team is going to feel as if it’s missing two of it’s three best players, and that should happen in the most perfect trap game possible.
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When the line is set here, you’ll likely see the Blazers favored. They’re down their second- and third-best players, but they’re also far more talented, much deeper, are fighting for playoff positioning and have homecourt advantage.
And yet, this team is slowly becoming more and more exhausted having to make up for playing without two-thirds of its core.
The Grizz get a good win that was actually closer than it seems, but a straight-up win nonetheless.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Memphis 111 – Portland 102
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