Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 2/1/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+6)
The Portland Trail Blazers are headed to FedExForum on Wednesday where they will play the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis opens this contest as 6-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is 234.
The Trail Blazers took the court against the Hawks and went home with a win by a final score of 129-125 in their last contest. Portland finished the game with a 54.4% field goal percentage (43 out of 79) and made 19 out of their 40 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Trail Blazers buried 24 of 27 shots for a rate of 88.9%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 32 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 6 turnovers and earning 2 steals. With regard to defending, Portland allowed 46.8% from the field on 44 of 94 shooting. Atlanta earned 26 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, Atlanta collected 45 rebounds (17 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Atlanta ended up going 80.0% at the charity stripe by making 24 of 30 tries. They knocked down 13 of 30 tries from distance. When talking about personal fouls, the Trail Blazers ended up with 21 and the Hawks totaled 21 personal fouls.
Damian Lillard is one guy who came through in this game. He ended up walking away with 42 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes played and totaled 2 rebounds. Lillard finished the contest at 47.6% from the floor and distributed 6 dimes.
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Portland comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 24-26 so far this year. They are averaging 114.1 pts per contest (17th in the NBA) while connecting on 48.2% from the field. The Trail Blazers are shooting 37.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (643 of 1,707) and 78.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Portland is grabbing 42.2 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,211 dimes for the year, which ranks 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Trail Blazers are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.4 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 36.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 16th in the league in PPG from their opponents (113.7). The Trail Blazers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 47.8% (2,082 of 4,352) and they concede 41.2 boards per contest as a group. They are 18th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,283 conceded on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Grizzlies went home victorious with a score of 112-100 when they faced the Pacers. The Grizzlies were able to snag 26 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 7 times, while getting 10 steals in this contest. The Pacers earned 22 fouls in the matchup which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.3%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, Memphis converted 9 of 37 tries (24.3%). Overall, the Grizzlies finished 43 out of 89 from the field which had them at 48.3%. The Grizzlies allowed the Pacers to make 36 of their 79 attempts from the field which left them shooting 45.6% in this game. They wrapped up this game 28.1% from 3-point land by shooting 9 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 21 at the free throw line (90.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Memphis permitted Indiana to get 38 in all (11 offensive).
Jaren Jackson Jr. ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies in this contest. Jackson Jr. earned 28 points in his 38 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for this contest. He converted 12 of 19 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 63.2%, and had 8 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 32-18 on the campaign. As an offense, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.9% from the field, which ranks 21st in basketball. Memphis has scored 5,833 points on the season (116.7 per contest) and they collect 48.5 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 25.4 times per game (11th in the league) and they turn it over 14.4 times per game. The Grizzlies commit 20.1 fouls per contest and they hit 71.4% from the free throw line.
The Memphis defense allows 35.6% on 3-point shots (647 of 1,818) and their opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 26.6 dimes and 43.8 rebounds every game, which is ranked 28th and 16th in the league. The Grizzlies on defense are ranked 9th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.3. They have forced 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.9% from the field (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (+6)
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