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(12-10) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies (15-8)
Date: Thursday December 8
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
NBA Moneyline Odds:
NBA Betting Odds: Memphis -2
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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Portland enters the back half of their back to back when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night.
The Trail Blazers fell in Milwaukee on Wednesday night as their defense was a complete letdown.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland continues to be a middle of the pack team and will look to avoid back to back losses here on Thursday night.
Portland simply couldn’t keep up defensively, as they saw the Bucks put up 115 points. Defense has been the biggest issue for Portland this year, as they’ve given up 112 points per game.
The Trail Blazers were certainly exposed in the 2nd half, allowing 64 points with transition defense being the biggest issue.
Offensively, it’s been the duo of Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum that has been leading the pack. Lillard finished with 29 points and McCollum 23 points in the loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
This Portland team finds their success when the two get some help. The bench is the biggest key Portland, which proved to certainly be true on Wednesday as nobody else scored in double digits for the Trail Blazers.
Portland is now just 5-7 on the road.
The Memphis Grizzlies lost Mike Conley for an extended amount of time, but they haven’t let that slow them down.
Memphis will enter play on Thursday winners of 4 straight games after knocking off Philadelphia 96-91 last time out.
The Grizzlies will now lean on their big men duo to carry the load with Conley sidelined. Both Gasol and Randolph have played extremely well during the 4 game winning streak, the main reason for the Grizzlies ability to grab wins.
This year, Marc Gasol is averaging 19.2 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Zach Randolph is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and contributing 14.1 points per game. They’ll be asked to do a lot more going forward, especially with the level of competition in the near future.
Memphis enters Thursday with an 8-4 SU record at home. They’ve won games thanks to their defense, that is giving up just 90 points inside the FedEx Forum.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 18-37-1 ATS in their last 56 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Grizzlies are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Grizzlies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
With Portland on a back to back and simply not playing well defensively, this is a nice spot for the Grizzlies.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Memphis -1.5
Expect Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph to both have big games here, as the Trail Blazers just don’t have enough support from the bench to stay in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Memphis 101- Portland 91
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