The Portland Trail Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, Thursday Mar 22nd, as Memphis tries to catch the Lakers in the Western Conference standings. The Trail Blazers have won back to back at home over the Grizz. NBA oddsmakers have the Grizzlies as -1 point road favorites over the Trail Blazers with the over/under set at 194.5 points. Be sure to check the Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips off.
Memphis (25-19, 9-12 V) lost in Sacramento 110-119 on Tuesday. Rudy Gay had 23 points and Marc Gasol added 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph finished with 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds. The Grizz have lost four of six after winning nine of 10.
Gilbert Arenas is expected to make his Grizzlies debut tonight. The Grizzlies signed Arenas on Tuesday for the remainder of the season. The 30-year-old Arenas has averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists in his nine-year career, but knee injuries have prevented the three-time All-Star from playing. Arenas averaged 10.8 points on 36.6 percent shooting last season for Washington and Orlando.
Conley and Allen each struggled mightily in the Grizzlies’ lone meeting with the Trail Blazers, a 97-84 loss in Portland on Jan. 24. The two combined for 14 points on 7-of-23 shooting as Memphis fell to the Blazers for the fourth time in five games. The Grizzlies have scored at least 110 points in three of their last four but have lost all three — two in overtime. They had won their first 12 games when cracking triple digits. Gay is leading Memphis’ recent scoring surge by averaging 26.5 points in his last three games — 7.3 better than his team-leading average.
Portland (21-25, 14-8 H) lost to Milwaukee 87-116 at home on Tuesday. LaMarcus Aldridge (21 points, 12 rebounds), Wesley Matthews (21 points, a season-high nine boards) and Raymond Felton (18 points, nine assists) all had productive offensive games for Portland. The Blazers were so bad at the other end it hardly mattered. The Blazers shot .354 from the field, made only 7 of 24 3-point attempts and committed 20 turnovers.
Portland hasn’t had much of a defensive presence lately, surrendering at least 111 points in three of its last four games. The Blazers are allowing an average of 103.8 points in 12 games since the All-Star break after giving up an average of 92.5 in their previous 15. That lack of defense usually spells certain doom for the Blazers, who have lost their last 16 games when allowing their opponent to reach the century mark.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings in Portland.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Grizzlies are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southwest.
Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers
When: Thursday, Mar 22nd@10:00 PM EST
Pick: Grizzlies -1
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