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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 7/31/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MEMPHIS (32 - 33) vs. PORTLAND (29 - 37)
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Friday, 7/31/2020 4:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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MEMPHIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-33+18.634-3030-35112.655.647.0%55.0113.756.445.0%53.5
Road Games14-18+10.715-1615-17111.952.646.4%55.0114.756.945.6%53.5
Last 5 Games3-2+1.43-21-4114.856.447.6%63.6101.850.038.6%51.2
MEMPHIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.655.643-9147.0%11-3135.2%16-2176.1%551027218156
vs opponents surrendering111.656.141-8946.2%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.952.642-9146.4%11-3135.7%16-2175.8%551026218155
Stats Against (All Games)113.756.441-9145.0%13-3536.3%19-2578.6%531025208145
vs opponents averaging111.556.141-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.4%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)114.756.941-9145.6%12-3336.7%20-2578.9%531025208146

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-37-9.527-3736-29113.657.146.1%53.6115.258.145.1%55.9
Road Games11-23-11.514-1917-16110.855.545.4%51.9115.758.546.1%57.6
Last 5 Games3-2+1.23-23-2120.861.450.9%51.4113.263.242.9%51.6
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.657.142-9146.1%13-3437.2%17-2279.8%541020216136
vs opponents surrendering111.55641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.855.542-9145.4%12-3335.0%16-2177.8%521020226126
Stats Against (All Games)115.258.142-9245.1%13-3537.7%19-2477.3%561225207125
vs opponents averaging111.956.141-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)115.758.542-9146.1%13-3536.1%20-2676.3%581225196135
Average power rating of opponents played: MEMPHIS 96.1,  PORTLAND 96.3
MEMPHIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/2/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
8/3/2020*NEW ORLEANS              
8/7/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/8/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
MEMPHIS: LAST SEASON: 33-49, finished tied for 12th in Western Conference.
COACH: Taylor Jenkins (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F/C Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.8 ppg), G Ja Morant (rookie), C Jonas Valanciunas (15.6), G/F Dillon Brooks (7.5), F Jae Crowder (11.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Mike Conley, G Jevon Carter, G Delon Wright.
KEY ADDITIONS: Morant, G Grayson Allen, F Brandon Clarke, Crowder, G Marko Guduric, F Solomon Hill, G Tyus Jones, G/F Jon Konchar, G De'Anthony Melton, C Miles Plumlee.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jackson is fully recovered from the bruised right quadriceps muscle that limited his rookie season to 58 games, and the No. 4 pick overall in 2018 has even grown a little bit. Morant played his way into the No. 2 draft pick overall in June, and now the 6-3 guard will get to showcase his speed, passing skills and court vision surrounded by players closer to his talent level than he did in college at Murray State. Valanciunas earned an extension from Memphis and now must prove he can keep producing double-doubles regularly.
OUTLOOK: Marc Gasol and Conley both are gone, and it's up to Jackson and Morant to lead this rebuilding process for Memphis after the Grizzlies revamped the roster as much as possible in one offseason. This season may not be pretty at times, but at least the Grizzlies have hope for the future based on a duo they hope will become big stars. The franchise just may have to wait a couple seasons or more for a return to the postseason.
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
Grizzlies fight to hold playoff spot begins against Blazers

The NBA season restart in Florida includes a pivotal matchup on Friday between the Memphis Grizzlies and the team just behind them in the Western Conference standings, the Portland Trail Blazers.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NBA shutdown more than four months ago, the Grizzlies (32-33) occupied the eighth and final seed in the West, with three teams 3 1/2 games behind, including the Trail Blazers (29-37).

That 3 1/2 number is noteworthy, especially during the two-week sprint of seeding games. Memphis needs at least a 4 1/2-game lead over its nearest competitor in the standings to avoid a two-game play-in series for the No. 8 seed.

The Grizzlies last played a regular-season game on March 10, losing to the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, Orlando, 120-115. Memphis pulled to .500 on the season before the loss, rebounding from a five-game losing streak in late February with wins in four of five.

Memphis won its final scrimmage in the NBA bubble Tuesday, 128-110 over the Miami Heat.

"We're just getting used to each other. We haven't played together since before the hiatus," Dillon Brooks said in a postgame teleconference Tuesday. "[But] we're disciplined with the ball, we're running, just like we practiced every day, [and] shooting with confidence."

The Grizzlies' 3-point-shooting confidence is peaking, as evident in Tuesday's scrimmage. They hit 18 of 40, including 3 of 4 from Kyle Anderson. Anderson shot just 25.8 percent from long range before the hiatus, but he may be needed to pick up some of the slack lost with Tyus Jones out.

Jones will be evaluated for knee soreness in a week to determine his status going forward. Justise Winslow, acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with the Miami Heat, injured his hip during the shutdown and is out for the season.

Portland resumes competition with center Hassan Whiteside listed as day-to-day with a sore Achilles tendon. The Trail Blazers will also be without Caleb Swanigan and Trevor Ariza, both of whom opted out of the restart.

Portland went 4-6 in its final 10 games before the hiatus, and 4-8 for the final month, including a Feb. 12 loss at Memphis. That was the only meeting between the teams this season, and Friday is the sole matchup in the bubble during the two-week push for the postseason.

"We want to win," Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas said. "We want to be good. We want to be recognized on the court. ... We've got all the right tools. It's on us now."

The Trail Blazers concluded their round of scrimmages Tuesday in a 131-20 loss to Oklahoma City. Star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum sat out, yielding the floor to Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.

Simons responded with 23 points.

"Even in the other scrimmages, I think I was getting the shots that I wanted, they were just not falling," Simons said in his postgame teleconference. "I just felt like the time was going to come when the shots fell. I'm just glad they fell today."

Simons averaged 8.8 points per game before the layoff, well off the team-leading paces of 28.9 and 22.5 points per game Lillard and McCollum produced. However, the ability for teams to go into their pool of reserves is heightened with the rush of games in the next two weeks.

The 22 squads in the bubble play eight games in two weeks. Portland opens with a treacherous stretch of three games in five days including a Sunday matinee against the Boston Celtics and a meeting with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Memphis draws three of the teams chasing it for the eight seed right out of the gate, following up Friday's game against Portland with matchups opposite San Antonio and New Orleans.

The date with the Pelicans puts the top two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, Ja Morant of the Grizzlies and Zion Williamson of the Pelicans, on the court together for the first time since New Orleans demolished Memphis 139-111 on Jan. 31. Williamson had 24 points, six rebounds and three assists in that game.

New Orleans also won the previous meeting, 126-116, on Jan. 20.

Morant said he's motivated to end the season with the Grizzlies in the playoffs for the first time since 2017, noting it's on his checklist of career goals.

"We're in the eighth position right now. So going into Orlando, it's just more motivation and fuel to our fire," Morant said.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/12/2021 10:40:45 AM EST

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