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Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies NBA Game Preview

Portland Trail BlazersMemphis Grizzlies
Jan 4, 8:00 PM | FedExForum

Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds

16-15TEAM RECORD20-9

The Memphis Grizzlies host Portland on Friday, looking to build on their 20-9 mark against the 16-15 Trail Blazers in NBA action at FedExForum.

This season the Grizzlies are 20-9 overall and 17-11-1 ATS against the number, while the Trail Blazers are 16-15 and 13-17-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Memphis is 11-18 on the OU, and Portland is 14-17.

View Portland vs Memphis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Trail Blazers were listed as 9.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 185 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Grizzlies sit at No. 4 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Trail Blazers are at No. 22 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Grizzlies will win this game 100-92.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 23-ranked offense (94.6 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 21 at 99.2 PPG. The Grizzlies have averaged 43.6% from the field per game, less than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (43.8% on average).

Defensively, the Trail Blazers feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.1 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Portland was a 102-79 loser on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (181) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Portland was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by Toronto and falling 102-79 at Air Canada Centre.

Memphis won its last outing, a 93-83 result against the Celtics on January 2. The Grizzlies covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 176 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Memphis earned a 93-83 victory over Boston on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Mike Conley at TD Garden.

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few Trail Blazers at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Portland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Memphis
Portland is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Memphis
Portland is 9-2-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Memphis's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games at home
Memphis is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland at Minnesota, Saturday, January 5
Memphis at Phoenix, Sunday, January 6