Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 1/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Blazers
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+1.5)
Moda Center is the site where and the Portland Blazers (8-6) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (7-6) on Wednesday. Portland opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The total is set at 222.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the Phoenix Suns and took home the win by a score of 108-104 in their last contest. Memphis walked away from the game having earned a 49.4% FG percentage (41 out of 83) and buried 11 of their 26 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Grizzlies knocked down 15 of 20 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 40 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 31 dimes in this matchup as well as earning 13 steals and 3 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, Memphis allowed the other team to go 45.5% from the floor on 40 of 88 shooting. Phoenix distributed 30 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Suns snagged 44 rebounds (12 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Phoenix ended up going 56.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of 16 shots. They buried 15 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Brandon Clarke is one player who came through for the matchup. He racked up 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He played 34:48 mins and snagged 5 rebounds. Clarke ended up going 61.5% from the floor and recorded 3 dimes. Someone else that played a role in this matchup for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant. He grabbed 3 rebounds and also tallied 10 assists. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field in the game by connecting on 5-of-10 (17 points). In all, Morant was on the hardwood for 34:03 minutes.
Memphis heads into this one with a record of 7-6 on the campaign. The Grizzlies are shooting 32.7% on 3-point shots (120 of 367) and 76.7% from the free throw line. They average 106.5 points per game (26th in basketball) while shooting 44.9% from the field. They turn the ball over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Memphis is collecting 45.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 322 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 12th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 16.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are ranked 15th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 327 conceded on the campaign. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.3% (217 of 226) and they concede 46.2 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 35.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 7th in the league in points per game allowed (107.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Portland Blazers took a loss by a final score of 125-104 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers were able to collect 26 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 34 in this contest. They stuffed 6 attempts while getting 9 steals in this matchup. The Spurs were called for 17 fouls in this contest which got the Blazers to the free throw line for 19 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.2%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Portland converted 10 out of 35 tries (28.6%). Overall, the Blazers finished 39 for 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.3%. The Blazers permitted the Spurs to make 48 out of 90 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 53.3% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 45.5% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 15 out of 33 and ended up going 14 of 16 from the free throw line (87.5%). Regarding how they rebounded, Portland permitted San Antonio to snag 48 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Damian Lillard ended up being a major contributor for the Blazers for the game. He made 10 of 23 in this game for a field goal percentage of 43.5%, which gave him 35 points. Lillard totaled 3 boards in his 35:35 mins of time on the court and had 6 dimes for the matchup. Another guy who came through for Portland was Rodney Hood. He totaled 21 points in his 25:25 mins played by way of 9 out of 14 from the floor in the matchup. Hood ended the game having shot 64.3% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 2 boards.
Portland has a record of 8-6 on the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blazers are connecting on 43.9% from the floor, which ranks them 27th in the league. Portland has totaled 1,504 points so far this year (115.7 per contest) and they grab 44.6 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 21.8 times per game (29th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 11.7 times per contest. The Blazers have committed 20.8 personal fouls per game and they hit 80.8% from the free throw line. The Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 26th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 115.9. The Portland defense allows 36.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (184 of 509) and their opponents are making 79.7% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 25.9 dimes and 47.4 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 22nd and 26th in basketball. They are able to force 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.0% from the field (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-1.5)
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