Portland Trailblazers versus Memphis Grizzlies Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Lines Odds Preview 4-3-2013

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The 50-24 Memphis Grizzlies will hit the road to battle the 33-41 Portland Trailblazers in an NBA pro basketball game on Wednesday night. Tip time from Portland is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.

The odds from this NBA pro basketball game will be out on Wednesday morning as LaMarcus Aldridge has been listed as questionable with an sprained ankle.

The teams have gone head to head three times this season with Memphis winning two of the three games. Portland has covered the point spread in two of three games.

Memphis has a road mark of 20-16 on the current campaign. The Grizzlies win their third straight after a 92-90 home victory against the San Antonio Spurs as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 189 ½ points The Grizzlies earned the win in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Spurs 30-22 in victory. Memphis shot 45.6% from the field and nailed 2 of 7 three pointers. They give up 48% shooting to San Antonio and win because they forced six more turnovers and attempted fourteen more free throws than the Spurs. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points as he made 11 of his 17 shots. Memphis is an outstanding defensive team ranking second in the league by giving up 90 points a game. Teams hit on just 44% from the floor against the Grizzlies which is good for fifth in the league. In the playoff chase the team sits five games behind the Spurs for first place in the Southwest division with only eight games remaining. They hold the fifth seed in the Western conference.

The Trailblazers are 22-13 playing at home this season. They lose their fifth straight after a 112-102 road defeat on Monday to the Utah Jazz as a +10 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 199 ½ points. Portland wasted a 58.2% shooting game with 13 of 23 makes from three point distance. They allowed 54.2% from the floor to the Jazz along with 9 of 22 from beyond the arc. The Trailblazers lost the game by committing ten more turnovers than the Jazz. Wesley Matthews led Portland with 23 points as he made 9 of his 13 shots. The Trailblazers are in a dire situation sitting in the 11th seed in the Western conference and 5 ½ games behind the eighth seeded Utah Jazz with eight games remaining. Portland is in this position because of their defense as the team is 28th and third last in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage by giving up 47.1% shooting to opponents. The Trailblazers are giving up an average of 111 points per game over their past five contests.

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