The 42-19 Memphis Grizzlies will travel to play the 29-33 Portland Trailblazers in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Portland is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game will come out on Tuesday afternoon as Zach Randolph for Memphis is listed as probable with a hand injury. LaMarcus Aldridge for Portland is probable with an rolled ankle.
This will be the third meeting of the season between these two teams with each club winning on their home court. Portland covered the spread in both games.
Memphis has a road record of 17-11 on the season. They win their fourth straight and ninth in ten games following a 96-85 home win against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 183 points. The Grizzlies shot 46.9% from the floor and made 4 of 13 three pointers. They held New Orleans to just 43% shooting and a miserable 2 of 12 from three point range. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 22 points and 8 assists on 8 of 15 shooting. Seven Memphis players scored in double digits. Memphis has become more efficient since trading high volume and low percentage shooter Rudy Gay. They take higher quality shots and have defended better as a result with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph getting more touches near the bucket. Memphis is now the number one scoring defense in the NBA by giving up 89.4 points a game.
The Trailblazers are 20-10 playing at home on the current campaign. Portland returns home off a 1-2 road trip as they drop a 98-96 defeat on the highway to the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 196 points. The Trailblazers wasted a 48.7% shooting night on the road and 11 of 25 makes from three. They give up 46.5% shooting along with 11 of 20 from three point distance to New Orleans. Portland loses the game on the glass as they grabbed 18 less rebounds than the Hornets. Wesley Matthews had 24 points and 4 rebounds on 8 of 15 shooting for the Trailblazers in the loss. In the playoff chase the Trailblazers sit in the 11th seed in the Western conference and three games behind the eighth seeded LA Lakers. Portland’s troubles have been on the defensive end. The team is 27th and fourth to last in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage by allowing 46.6% shooting to opponents.