coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 01/28/2014 12:22 PM in NBA

Spotlight Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers

As usual I hammered my one unit selections and missed out on the Best Bet, I am choosing a game as a spotlight game tonight in hopes of breaking my best bet streak.

My updated record

One unit Picks: 20-15,+3.50
BEST BETS: 5-11, -14.20
Overall NBA Record: 25-26, -10.70

The spotlight game tonight is the Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers

Let me hear your thoughts on this game...back with more


coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/28/2014 12:37 PM

fter coming up empty on the road again, the Portland Trail Blazers will try to bounce back by extending their sizable home winning streak.

Waiting for the Blazers, however, will be the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies.

Portland will try to earn a sixth straight home win Tuesday night by sending Memphis to only its second loss in the last nine games.

The Blazers (33-12) shot a season-low 33.7 percent in a 103-88 loss to Golden State on Sunday, and leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge missed 12 of 14 shots while matching his lowest output of the campaign with 10 points. He didn't score his first points until 2:18 before halftime.

The 15-point margin equaled Portland's most lopsided defeat of the season.

"That was a rough game," coach Terry Stotts said. "Golden State did a nice job with its defense. It was just one of those nights where we just didn't have enough at the offensive end."

Stotts' club has been outscored by an average of 12.0 points in its season-high three straight road losses. Portland, however, is outscoring by 10.4 points per game during its current run at home.

The Blazers, though, face a Grizzlies team that's won three in a row on the road and has really hit its stride since the return of reigning NBA defensive player of the year Marc Gasol. Memphis (22-20) has allowed an average of 86.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting in the six contests since Gasol returned from an injured left knee.

The Grizzlies earned their seventh win in eight games Saturday by finishing off a home-and-home sweep of Houston with a 99-81 victory. They held the Rockets to an average of 84.0 points, 21 below their season mark, and 38.8 percent shooting in the back-to-back games.

"We're ready to win and we prepare like we want to win," forward James Johnson said. "We travel like we want to win, and everybody is holding each other accountable. When you put those things together, we beat teams bad."

Memphis will next face the highest scoring team in the league in the Blazers (109.0 ppg). The Grizzlies won the final three matchups last season but that was en route to a franchise-best 56 wins and their first appearance in the Western Conference finals.

They gave up an average of 86.0 points on 40.8 percent shooting in the four games against Portland in 2012-13. The Blazers' Nicolas Batum particularly struggled with 8.3 points per game on 30.8 percent shooting in three of those meetings, and Wesley Matthews averaged 10.3 points on 32.4 percent shooting in the three consecutive defeats.

Aldridge averaged a respectable 17.7 points in his three games against Memphis last season despite shooting 36.2 percent, his lowest against any opponent. His 15.4 lifetime scoring average versus the Grizzlies is his worst against any team.

Memphis' Zach Randolph has averaged 22.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting in seven visits to Portland. He's made 18 of 32 shots (56.3 percent) in his last three road games versus the Blazers but averaged 16.0 points.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/28/2014 12:38 PM

About the Grizzlies: Memphis, looking to get back into the Western Conference playoff picture, plays its first game against the Blazers this season. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight games and are in the No. 9 spot in the West, two games behind No. 8 Dallas. ... Gasol, who won the Defensive Player of the Year award last season, missed almost two months with a sprained MCL in his left knee. He returned Jan. 14, and Memphis is 5-1 since. ... Conley is having the best offensive season of his career, averaging what would be a career high in points, a mark he set last season when he averaged 14.6 points. He is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, which would be a career best. ... With Gasol back, the Grizzlies have regained the grind-it-out defensive style that helped them reach the Western Conference Finals last season. In their last six games, they held their opponents to an average of 86.2 points and held high-scoring Houston to 87 and 81 points in an away-and-home back-to-back that they swept Friday and Saturday. ... Lee, who was acquired in a Jan. 6 trade from Boston, is averaging 15.3 points and shooting 55.6 percent from the field in nine games with Memphis, which is 7-2 with Lee in the lineup.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/28/2014 12:39 PM

About the Blazers: Portland looks to bounce back from its worst offensive game of the season in which it set season lows for points and field-goal percentage (33.7) in a 103-88 loss at Golden State on Sunday. ... The Blazers have won their last five games at the Moda Center. However, only one of the opponents (Denver) currently has a winning record. ... Aldridge tied his season low with 10 points against the Warriors, ending a streak of 11 games in which he scored 21 or more points. It was just the ninth game this season Aldridge has not scored at least 20 points. ... The Blazers' three-point accuracy has slipped in their last six games, when they shot 38 for 125 (30.4 percent) behind the arc. Portland still ranks No. 2 in the league in three-point accuracy at 38.8 percent, behind only San Antonio, which is at 40.6. ... Despite getting just 16 assists and committing 14 turnovers against the Warriors, the Blazers lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.793. ... After Tuesday night's game, Portland gets three days off before hosting Toronto on Saturday. The Blazers then embark on a four-game road trip, with games at Washington, New York, Indiana and Minnesota.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/28/2014 12:42 PM

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/28/2014 02:20 PM

Here are the picks for tonight

One Unit
Washington +8
Rockets -1.5
Over 192.5 Boston/New York

Best Bet:
Grizzlies +5