NBA Predictions: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers
Wednesday, 4/3/13, 10:00 PM EST, TV:  NBATV
Opening Point Spread:  Memphis -4
Current Betting Line:  Memphis -4
Opening Total:  188.5
Current Total:  189.5
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The Memphis Grizzlies are  22-1 SU this season when scoring 100 or more points
The Memphis Grizzlies are 22-1 SU this season when scoring 100 or more points

Memphis has won three games in a row, including a 92-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 6.5-point home favorites Monday, while going UNDER the total in two consecutive contests.  The Grizzlies have been paced by the play of point guard Mike Conley, who has averaged 18.5 points over his last 16 games.  “Sky’s the limit for him,” stated Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph.  The team is 20-16 overall away from the FedExForum during the 2012-13 NBA campaign, including a 10-11 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Memphis is 19-15 ATS versus winning teams this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Grizzlies are 17-6 since the All-Star break, which is the third-best record in the NBA since that period of time—something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  Memphis is 22-1 this season when scoring 100 or more points this season, while producing a 3-8 mark when the opposing team accomplishes that task.

Portland has lost five games in a row, including a 112-102 setback to the Utah Jazz as 10.5-point road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Trail Blazers are 5.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot out West, which is a large deficit to make up with just eight contests remaining.  Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, which is something to monitor after he’s missed the previous three games.  Portland is 13-14-1 ATS in April the last two-plus seasons.

The last five games between the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers have been decided by six or fewer points, while Aldridge has averaged 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three contests this season in this series.  Portland will likely be led by point guard Damian Lillard on the offensive end, as he totaled 47 points in two losses to Memphis in March.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to their 5-2 ATS mark versus losing teams, while the Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus conference rivals.

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