Blazers Lay a Couple at Home in Double-Revenge Role Against Grizzlies

Zach Randolph MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 2013
Everyone is well aware that things are very bunched up in the Western Conference, with a lot of teams who have tremendous records. Two of those squads will get together on Sunday night at the Mota Center, as the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Memphis Grizzlies in NBA betting action that is set to begin at 9:05 PM Eastern time and is covered at Get That Bet.

The Grizzlies have a record of 43-29, and that puts them just a couple of percentage points ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth playoff spot in the West. Both Memphis and Dallas have been bypassed, at least for the time being, by the red-hot Phoenix Suns. But that does not disparage what Memphis has been able to do, in winning 11 of its last 15 games. Remember that this is a team that went to the conference finals last season, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

The Blazers have a record of 47-27 straight-up, and they are in fifth position in the West. But they could still go up or down with a streak that runs hot or cold. That is just the way it is in this ultra-competitive conference. Portland experienced a bit of good fortune when All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge came back to the lineup after missing seven games with lower back problems. When that happened, the Blazers exploded with double-digit victories at Atlanta and Chicago.

Now they come back home against the team that, judging from the two encounters this season, has had its number. Portland is a two-point favorite as posted in the NBA betting odds at Get That Bet, with the total listed at 189 points:

NBA betting Odds Courtesy of Get That Bet Sportsbook

Portland Trail Blazers -2
Memphis Grizzlies +2
Over 189 points -110

Under 189 points -110

Dorrell Wright was serviceable as a substitute in Portland’s starting lineup in place of Aldridge, but there is no question that any team would miss a player who scores more than 23 points and pulls down more than 11 rebounds per contest. And this would be a good time for the Blazers to carry some momentum from their nice little run. After all, it is a double-revenge opportunity; on January 28, Memphis came into the Blazers’ building and scored a 98-81 victory, and on March 11 they beat Portland 109-99 at the FedEx Forum. Memphis is obviously known for its gritty defense, but in those two games against the Blazers, the Grizzlies shot a combined 54%. And as basketball bettors may have noticed, they have been rather accurate since the All-Star break, shooting 48.4% from the field, which is the second-best figure in the league over that stretch.

As far as their defensive mindset is concerned, one might expect the Grizzlies to come out with a bit of “attitude” on Sunday night, considering that on Friday night, they gave up the final 14 points of the game and as a result lost to the Golden State Warriors by a 100-93 score.

Get That Bet customers may be wondering whether this means that Memphis will continue its trend toward playing unders. They have done it in six of their last eight games. Portland, which has had 41 overs in 74 games, has played the last four games under the total as is posted in the NBA betting lines.

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