Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Pro Basketball Betting Odds and Picks

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Tuesday, 3/11/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Memphis -3
Current Betting Line:  Memphis -3
Opening Total:  198.5
Current Total:  198.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Memphis Grizzlies have been playing better basketball offensively since the All-Star break
The Memphis Grizzlies have been playing better basketball offensively since the All-Star break

Portland has dropped back-to-back games, including a 118-113 overtime defeat to the Houston Rockets Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 214.  The Trail Blazers have all five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way at 23.7 points a contest, including a 28-point performance last time out.  Five of the last seven meetings in this series have been decided by six or fewer points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  Portland is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.

The Trail Blazers have dropped five of their last six matchups with the Grizzlies, including a 98-81 setback on Jan. 28.  Portland is 18-13 SU on the road and is tied for the sixth-most wins away from home in the league, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks Tuesday night.

Memphis is 4-1 SUATS over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 111-89 blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats as nine-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the ninth time in 10 affairs.  The Grizzlies are 18-15 SU at the FedExForum, including a 10-11 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Offensively, the team is averaging 100.3 points on 48.6 percent shooting since the All-Star break, which has led directly to a 6-4 SU record over that span.  Memphis is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games versus teams with a .600 or better win percentage.

The Grizzlies have gotten great production from their bench during the 2013-14 campaign, with the group averaging 33.1 points on 47.0 percent shooting from the field.  Memphis has used that depth to score more points in the fourth quarter than any other quarter—shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc in that situation.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to their 35-16 ATS mark in their last 51 home games versus a team with a winning road record.

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