Portland Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 4/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+2.5)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (31-29) will take on the Portland Blazers (32-28) on Wednesday. Portland opens this matchup as 2.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 235.
The Portland Blazers faced off with the Memphis Grizzlies and ended up losing by a score of 120-113 in their last contest. Portland ended the contest with a 37.1% FG percentage (39 out of 105) and converted 14 out of their 38 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Blazers made 21 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 84.0%. With respect to hauling in boards, they compiled 53 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 dimes in this matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and having 11 steals. In the matter of defending, Portland allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 42 out of 91 shooting. Memphis distributed 22 assists and had 9 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Memphis totaled 54 boards (8 offensive, 46 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Memphis finished 85.7% from the free throw line by making 24 of their 28 attempts. They also buried 12 of 23 shots from three-point range.
CJ McCollum is someone who was a major contributor for this contest. He scored 27 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He played for 37:30 minutes played and collected 2 rebounds. McCollum finished the contest at 47.6% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Blazers was Damian Lillard. He grabbed 6 rebounds in 36:31 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 29.6% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 8-of-27 (23 points). Overall, Lillard accounted for 5 assists.
Portland will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 32-28 so far this year. The Blazers are shooting 37.7% on shots from 3-point land (941 of 2,497) and 82.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.4 points per outing (9th in the league) on 44.5% from the field. They are giving up possession 11.3 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.1 fouls every game. As a team, Portland is grabbing 44.1 boards per contest and has tallied 1,240 assists for the year, which has them ranked 30th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Blazers are able to force 12.7 turnovers every game and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.1% on 3-point shots while they are 25th in the league in points per game allowed (114.8). The Blazers defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.9% (759 of 1,132) and they concede 45.7 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 16th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,516 relinquished so far this year.
For their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a score of 120-96 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Grizzlies earned 39 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 45 in this contest. They also turned it over 16 times, while recording 8 steals for the contest. The Nuggets were called for 20 fouls in this game which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to make 24 of those for a rate of 77.4%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Memphis converted 4 of 32 tries (12.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Grizzlies shot 34 for 81 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.0%. The Grizzlies allowed the Nuggets to convert 45 of their 94 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.9% for the matchup. They shot 33.3% from distance by hitting 11 out of 33 and finished the game at 19 out of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Memphis permitted Denver to collect 48 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Ja Morant ended up having an impact for the Grizzlies in this matchup. He made 10 of 15 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and had 6 rebounds. Morant tallied 27 points in his 29:52 mins of playing time and had 6 dimes for the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Jonas Valanciunas. He came away with no assists in 23:10 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 6 of 9 from the floor. Valanciunas ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor as well as totaling 13 points and 3 rebounds.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 31-29 so far this year. The Grizzlies are committing 19.0 personal fouls per game and they go 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 27.0 times per contest (3rd in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. Memphis has 6,824 pts on the season (113.7 per contest) and they collect 46.2 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.9% from the field, which ranks them 13th in basketball. The Grizzlies are ranked 18th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.7. The Memphis defense surrenders 36.5% from downtown (776 of 2,126) and their opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 25.7 dimes and 44.7 total boards per game, ranking them 23rd and 19th in the NBA. They have forced 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (+2.5)
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