Preview: Memphis At Portland

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
Matchup Edge
MEM Edge in: POR
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The Portland Trail Blazers attempt to win their 10th consecutive contest when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Portland continued its strong play by posting a 105-97 win over the Charlotte Hornets to improve to 7-0 against Eastern Conference foes. Now the Trail Blazers put their winning streak on the line against the powerful Grizzlies, who have won three straight games, have the top record in the West, and are tied with the Toronto Raptors for the best record in the NBA.

Memphis opened a four-game road trip by recording a 99-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. “It says a lot about our focus early this season,” point guard Mike Conley said. “That’s all we want to do, is to come out focused for the first couple months of the season, set a good standard for ourselves, and have to just hold ourselves accountable and try to get better.” Portland guard Wesley Matthews scored 28 points and made a season-best six 3-pointers against Charlotte while star forward LaMarcus Aldridge struggled to nine points on 3-of-18 shooting.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Charlotte), CSN Northwest (Portland)
 
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (13-2): Center Marc Gasol had 19 points and 11 rebounds against the Lakers and he was more proud of the defense the team played down the stretch. “We got more stops, got a little more physical with each possession,” Gasol told reporters. “Put more pressure on them, everything we should have done all night. It’s never perfect, but you aim for perfection.” Gasol is averaging 25.8 points over the past four games, including two 30-point outings.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (12-3):
Matthews has made five or more 3-pointers three times this season but has struggled with his shot on other occasions. “I knew it was just a matter of time before that drought ended and I’m back to being myself,” Matthews told reporters. “Hopefully tonight was a step in that direction.” Matthews was 8-of-25 from behind the arc over the previous five games before the 6-of-9 showing against the Hornets.

BUZZER BEATERS
 
1. The Trail Blazers won the last meeting to end the Grizzlies’ five-game winning streak in the series.

2. Portland SF Nicolas Batum is averaging 9.3 points and shooting 3-for-16 from 3-point range in four games since returning from a knee injury.

3. Memphis SG Vince Carter has failed to reach double digits in six straight games and is 11-of-41 from the field during that stretch.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 97

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 13-2 W3 8-0 5-2 2-0 11-2 2-0 9-0
Portland 12-3 W9 8-1 4-2 0-1 12-2 3-0 5-3

Last Meeting

Memphis Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/30/14 MEM 98 POR 105 98 41 46.1 105 39 52.0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MEM Z. Randolph 21 58.8 1
POR L. Aldridge 28 50.0 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MEM Z. Randolph 7 4 3
POR R. Lopez 10 5 5
Assists Player  
MEM M. Conley 9
POR N. Batum 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MEM M. Gasol 367 50.0 105
POR L. Aldridge 364 45.0 74
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MEM Z. Randolph 200 63 137
POR L. Aldridge 153 40 113
Assists Player  
MEM M. Conley 110
POR D. Lillard 110

Quickchart Matchup

Memphis  Off vs  Portland Def
99.9 Points For
95.4 Points Against
45.8 FG%
42.0 FG%
42.7 Reb
42.6 Reb
Portland Off vs  Memphis Def
104.4 Points For
92.4 Points Against
45.7 FG%
43.4 FG%
42.6 Reb
41.0 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-4
-110
194.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-3
-110
193.5
Sportsbook
-110
-3
-110
193.5
5Dimes.eu
-110
-3.5
-110
193.5
GTBets.eu OFF OFF
Top Bet
-110
-3.5
-110
193.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-3.5
-110
194.5
BetDSI
-111
-3.5
-110
193.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-113
-3
-113
193
Belmont
-110
-3
-110
193.5
BookMaker.eu
-111
-3.5
-110
193.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Memphis Overall Portland
13-2 W/L 12-3
8-7-0 ATS 11-4-0
7-7-1 O/U 6-9-0
99.9 Pts For 104.4
92.4 Pts Against 95.4
Memphis A/H Portland
5-2 W/L 8-1
4-3-0 ATS 7-2-0
2-5-0 O/U 2-7-0
92.0 Pts For 103.0
88.6 Pts Against 91.1