The NBA is back on the schedule today as the Memphis Grizzlies will clash with the Portland Trail Blazers. Memphis earned their spot in the play-in game as they dropped the Bucks 119-106 as the home team on Thursday afternoon in their final seeding game. And on the other side, Portland booked their spot to the play-in game as they dropped Brooklyn 134-133 in their final seeding game Thursday night.
Memphis Grizzlies Form
The Grizzlies are a team that has a good chance to take part of the playoffs. However, that was not easy to achieve as their form since the restart has been inconsistent. Memphis came into the bubble with a 3.5-game lead for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference but struggled down the stretch. Yet, they showed their potential as won over the Bucks in order to punch their ticket to the play-in game but after going 2-6 in the bubble, they need to beat Portland twice in order to earn the final playoff spot in the West. But they will be facing a strong team as the Trail Blazers are having a good season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Grizzlies score an average of 112.6 points per game. Therefore, this record is enough for the 14th spot in the league. Also, they have an average of 46.5 boards per game combined with 26.9 assists per night.
On the defensive side of the game, Memphis is conceding an average of 113.7 points per game. And that is the 21st record in the league in scoring defence.
Portland Trail Blazers Form
The Trail Blazers have been solid since the restart. Moreover, they went 6-2 in the bubble to earn the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Although they went right down to the wire to edge Brooklyn and clinch that spot. Therefore, the Trail Blazers will only have to beat Memphis once in order to advance to face the Lakers while the Grizzlies would have to beat them in two straight games. So, it is safe to say that they have an advantage in this clash.
On the offensive side of the game, the Trail Blazers score an average of 115 points per game. Therefore, that is enough for the 6th offensive score in the league. Also, they have an average of 45.3 boards per game combined with 20.6 assists per night.
On the defensive side of the game, the Trail Blazers concede an average of 116.1 points per game. And that is the 26th record in scoring defence.
This will be an interesting game as both teams have the winning momentum on their side. However, it is important to emphasize that Memphis beat a significantly weakened Milwaukee team. Also, the Trail Blazers are one of the best offensive teams in the league this season. Therefore, I expect a win for Portland in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers 08/15/2020 is: take the Portland Trail Blazers (Moneyline)
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