Preview: Portland At Memphis

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Saturday, January 17, 2015
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
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POR Edge in: MEM
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Memphis saw what Jeff Green can do for its offense and the recent acquisition looks for another stellar performance when the Grizzlies host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Green had 21 points in Friday’s 106-96 win over the Orlando while playing in his second game since being dealt to Memphis from the Boston Celtics. “Adding a guy like Jeff just gives us that much more versatility,” point guard Mike Conley told reporters after sitting out with soreness in both ankles.

The Trail Blazers were easily handled by the San Antonio Spurs 110-96 on Friday and dropped to 12-6 on the road. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and eight rebounds against San Antonio and he has experienced success against the Grizzlies with six double-doubles in the last seven meetings. Memphis won this season’s lone matchup 112-99 as center Marc Gasol had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Aldridge had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

TV:
8 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), SportSouth (Memphis)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (30-10): Aldridge and point guard Damian Lillard (23 points) were the only two starters who had respectable outings as the trio of center Chris Kaman (six points), small forward Nicolas Batum (five) and guard Wesley Matthews (two) combined for only 13 points. Matthews has struggled over the past two games, averaging five points on a combined 4-of-17 shooting but had a big game against the Grizzlies in November when he made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points. Matthews had made at least one 3-pointers in 20 consecutive games before missing all three of his long-range shots against the Spurs.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (28-11): Conley is expected to miss his second straight game as he is experiencing swelling and discomfort in both ankles and hopes to avoid a lengthy absence. “Hopefully it won’t be too much longer,” Conley told reporters. “It’s feeling a little better so (Saturday) I may be moving around a little more.” Conley has been enjoying an All-Star-caliber season with averages of 17.9 points and 6.1 assists while helping Memphis stand out as one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

BUZZER BEATERS
       
1. Memphis has won six of the past seven meetings.

2. Gasol had 12 points and 16 rebounds against Orlando for his first double-double since Jan. 2.

3. Portland C Meyers Leonard has strung together four straight double-digit outings, averaging 11 points on 16-of-23 shooting during the stretch.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 97, Grizzlies 93

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 30-10 L2 18-4 12-6 1-1 29-9 6-1 13-8
Memphis 28-11 W3 15-4 13-7 5-1 23-10 5-4 17-6

Last Meeting

Portland Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/28/14 MEM 112 POR 99 99 45 40.2 112 46 53.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
POR W. Matthews 26 56.2 1
MEM M. Gasol 26 60.0 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
POR C. Kaman 11 5 6
MEM Z. Randolph 13 3 10
Assists Player  
POR D. Lillard 9
MEM M. Conley 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
POR D. Lillard 938 45.7 187
MEM M. Gasol 821 50.0 213
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
POR L. Aldridge 402 104 298
MEM Z. Randolph 377 124 253
Assists Player  
POR D. Lillard 260
MEM M. Conley 247

Quickchart Matchup

Portland  Off vs  Memphis Def
103.3 Points For
97.9 Points Against
45.1 FG%
45.0 FG%
46.2 Reb
42.5 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Portland Def
101.9 Points For
96.8 Points Against
46.5 FG%
42.9 FG%
42.5 Reb
44.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Portland Overall Memphis
30-10 W/L 28-11
22-17-1 ATS 20-19-0
16-23-1 O/U 22-16-1
103.4 Pts For 101.9
96.8 Pts Against 97.9
Portland A/H Memphis
12-6 W/L 15-4
10-8-0 ATS 10-9-0
10-8-0 O/U 11-7-1
104.6 Pts For 105.8
101.2 Pts Against 98.3