Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 4/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Blazers
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+1)
Moda Center is the site where and the Portland Blazers (32-27) will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (30-28) on Sunday. Memphis opens this game as 1-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 224.5.
The Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the Blazers and notched a win by a score of 130-128 in their last game. Memphis wrapped up the game with a 53.1% field goal percentage (52 out of 98) and made 9 of their 30 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 17 of 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. In terms of getting rebounds, they collected 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 33 assists for the game as well as forcing 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 47.9% from the floor on 46 of 96 shooting. Portland doled out 28 assists and had 6 steals in this game. On top of that, Portland snagged 50 rebounds (14 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Portland shot 81.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of their 27 shots. They also made 14 out of their 35 shots from three-point range.
Ja Morant is someone who played a role in this contest. He ended up finishing with 33 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:16 minutes played and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Morant finished the contest at 64.7% from the field and distributed 13 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Dillon Brooks. He snagged 2 rebounds in 34:54 min on the hardwood. He walked away from this one shooting 57.9% from the field for this contest by hitting 11-of-19 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brooks tallied 3 assists.
Memphis comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 30-28 so far this season. The Grizzlies are hitting 36.1% on 3-pointers (650 of 1,799) and 77.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 113.9 points per contest (11th in the NBA) while shooting 47.0% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.9 personal fouls per game. As a team, Memphis is grabbing 46.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,576 assists so far this season, which is 6th in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Grizzlies are forcing 15.4 turnovers every game and they draw 18.1 personal fouls. They surrender 36.5% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 18th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (112.5). The Grizzlies are giving up a FG percentage of 46.7% (891 of 1,049) and they concede 44.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 19th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,497 conceded for the campaign.
In their loss to Memphis, the Blazers recorded 36 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for this contest. They also turned it over 11 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Grizzlies earned 21 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to bury 22 of the free throw tries for a rate of 81.5%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Portland converted 14 of 35 attempts (40.0%). When all was said and done, the Blazers shot 46 out of 96 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.9%. The Blazers allowed the Grizzlies to knock down 52 out of their 98 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 53.1% in this contest. They went 30.0% from three-point range by shooting 9 out of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 22 at the free throw line (77.3%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Portland permitted Memphis to snag 39 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Damian Lillard was important for the Blazers for the matchup. He buried 8 out of 22 for the matchup for a rate of 36.4%, and added 3 rebounds. Lillard scored 27 points in his 37:12 minutes of playing time and earned 5 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Portland was Jusuf Nurkic. He wrapped the game up with 5 dimes in 29:01 minutes played, and he knocked down 11 of 15 from the floor. Nurkic ended up shooting 73.3% from the floor in addition to totaling 26 points and 17 boards.
Portland has a mark of 32-27 so far this year. Portland has accounted for 6,748 pts on the campaign (114.4 per game) and they pull down 43.9 rebounds per contest. The Blazers are committing 19.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 82.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Blazers are shooting 44.7% from the field, which ranks 26th in basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.7 times per game (30th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.3 times per contest. The Blazers are ranked 25th in the NBA in PPG given up with 114.7. They surrender 25.3 assists and 45.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 19th and 21st in the league. The Portland defense gives up 37.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (755 of 2,043) and opponents are making 77.6% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the floor (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (+1)
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