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PORTLAND (28 - 31) at MEMPHIS (39 - 19)
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Wednesday, 3/6/2013 8:05 PM
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-31-3.427-3031-2697.647.744.6%49.499.850.246.6%50.1
Road Games8-21-7.411-1815-1294.747.043.5%48.9102.550.948.1%50.3
Last 5 Games3-2+15-04-1107.854.649.3%52.6101.450.445.4%52.4
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.647.737-8244.6%8-2434.2%16-2177.6%491122197155
vs opponents surrendering98.849.637-8245.2%7-2036.1%17-2375.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)94.747.036-8243.5%8-2433.4%15-1977.3%491121197155
Stats Against (All Games)99.850.239-8346.6%6-1933.8%16-2176.7%501123198134
vs opponents averaging98.649.537-8245.3%7-2035.6%17-2375.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.550.940-8448.1%7-1936.9%15-2075.7%501124188125

MEMPHIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-19+0.334-2225-3293.547.844.1%51.789.545.244.0%47.3
Home Games23-8-3.317-1212-1993.047.643.6%52.487.245.043.3%47.8
Last 5 Games4-1+23-22-390.645.844.8%51.083.641.641.8%47.6
MEMPHIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)93.547.836-8244.1%5-1434.6%16-2177.9%521321209145
vs opponents surrendering98.649.537-8345.1%7-2035.9%17-2375.4%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.047.636-8343.6%5-1435.4%16-2078.8%521420209145
Stats Against (All Games)89.545.234-7744.0%6-1835.7%15-2174.3%471020208155
vs opponents averaging98.749.537-8245.4%7-2036.0%17-2275.2%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)87.245.033-7743.3%6-1732.9%15-2173.0%481118208166
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.7,  MEMPHIS 96.4
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/26/2013LA CLIPPERS101-100W0W190.5O35-7546.7%391440-8149.4%4715
1/27/2013@ LA CLIPPERS83-96L9.5L192.5U29-6643.9%471942-8251.2%4012
2/1/2013@ UTAH77-86L5L195U29-7936.7%461535-8143.2%5913
2/4/2013@ MINNESOTA100-98W4W192.5O41-7058.6%452840-8547.1%3812
2/6/2013@ DALLAS99-105L5.5L201O36-8442.9%47641-8647.7%548
2/8/2013@ HOUSTON103-118L7.5L211O40-8845.5%451147-7959.5%4410
2/10/2013@ ORLANDO104-110L-2.5L197O42-8350.6%421447-9350.5%5410
2/12/2013@ MIAMI104-117L11L198O39-7353.4%341443-7458.1%379
2/13/2013@ NEW ORLEANS63-99L4.5L193U24-7432.4%411641-8747.1%616
2/22/2013@ LA LAKERS107-111L9W203.5O46-9448.9%531440-8547.1%5416
3/6/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/8/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
3/10/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/14/2013NEW YORK              
3/18/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
3/19/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
3/21/2013@ CHICAGO              
3/22/2013@ ATLANTA              

MEMPHIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/27/2013NEW ORLEANS83-91L-7.5L177.5U32-8836.4%551533-7742.9%5415
1/28/2013@ PHILADELPHIA103-100W0W177.5O40-7354.8%441745-8354.2%349
1/31/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY89-106L9.5L190O34-9834.7%521340-7255.6%5216
2/6/2013@ ATLANTA92-103L-2L182.5O38-8445.2%42838-7451.4%5113
2/8/2013GOLDEN STATE99-93W-3.5W190.5O36-7846.2%521336-7548.0%3815
2/19/2013@ DETROIT105-91W-3W186.5O45-8056.2%541638-8246.3%3716
2/20/2013@ TORONTO88-82W-1W186.5U29-8036.2%601026-7136.6%5014
2/24/2013@ BROOKLYN76-72W-3W181U32-7145.1%421129-7737.7%5514
3/1/2013@ MIAMI91-98L7.5W187.5O33-7742.9%501234-7346.6%467
3/3/2013@ ORLANDO108-82W-9W184.5O44-8353.0%461329-7339.7%4714
3/8/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/9/2013NEW ORLEANS              
3/12/2013@ PORTLAND              
3/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/15/2013@ DENVER              
3/16/2013@ UTAH              
3/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/22/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet.
MEMPHIS: GUARDS: The Grizzlies will scale back MIKE CONLEY's minutes a bit. He's a quality starting point guard, but seemed to lose some pep as last season wore on . . . TONY ALLEN figures to see more playing time now that O.J. Mayo is gone. He's an outstanding defender who will be the fifth option on offense . . . JERRYD BAYLESS figures to become the new sixth man and Allen platoon partner. He'll also spell Conley at the point, leading to solid minutes for the combo guard . . . Second-year man JOSH SELBY has a chance for a rotation spot after starring in the Summer League. He has big offensive upside . . . WAYNE ELLINGTON seems like an emergency plan for the second unit . . . This is likely a redshirt year for talented, but erratic, rookie TONY WROTEN. FORWARDS: RUDY GAY is going to lead the Grizzlies in touches and shots. He's not shy about looking for iso situations . . . ZACH RANDOLPH had trouble getting back into the flow after his knee injury. It's always been a fragile balance with Z-Bo, and he could be an odd man out going forward . . . MARREESE SPEIGHTS should be the offensive focal point of the bench unit as their sixth man . . . QUINCY PONDEXTER is a versatile defensive piece who will see solid minutes off the bench. He's a non-factor offensively, though . . . DARRELL ARTHUR suffered a non-displaced fractured in his leg in late September, and will not likely be ready when the season begins. A rising young big, his role will depend on when his athleticism comes back. CENTERS: The Grizzlies are at their best when MARC GASOL is getting touches and shots on the offensive end. Whether or not Gay and Randolph are willing to share is a concern, but Gasol has to be aggressive when the ball is in his hands . . . HAMED HADDADI will continue to play limited minutes off the bench.
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*Trail Blazers-Grizzlies Preview* =================================


Portland (28-31) at Memphis (39-19), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The surging Memphis Grizzlies know they still have a tough road ahead to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, though taking advantage of a stretch featuring sub-.500 opponents can only help.

Memphis hopes to have Zach Randolph back in the lineup as it seeks a 10th victory in its last 11 tries Wednesday night against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

The Grizzlies (39-19), currently in fourth place in the Western Conference, are coming off a 108-82 win at Orlando on Sunday in the first of five straight games against teams below the .500 mark.

After taking on Portland, Memphis will face Cleveland and New Orleans before a rematch on the road with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The Grizzlies will face the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver and Utah immediately following that stretch.

"It's definitely important to take care of those games," said Tayshaun Prince, who scored 14 points to lead seven players in double figures. "When you lose games like that it puts you in a tough situation. You want to take care of those wins.

"We've been playing some great basketball of late, even though we haven't been playing the teams with great records yet."

The Grizzlies had an eight-game winning streak snapped with Friday's loss to Miami, which is one of only three opponents in the last 10 that has a record over .500.

"A lot of times those tough losses steamroll into a few more," forward Quincy Pondexter said. "We came out (Sunday), we were professionals and we executed and got the win. We took care of business."

They did so without Randolph, who sat out with a sprained left ankle suffered against the Heat. It's uncertain if he'll be ready for Wednesday's contest.

Randolph, who spent his first six seasons with Portland and is averaging 21.3 points in 10 career games against his former team, also missed an 86-84 loss Jan. 4 that marked the Blazers' 14th victory in the last 18 meetings.

LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. Hickson each had a double-double in that contest for Portland (28-31), which is four games behind Utah for the West's final playoff spot.

Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Blazers beat Charlotte 122-105 to finish 3-1 on their homestand. Rookie Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum each scored 20 points as Portland shot a season-high 59.8 percent before heading on the road for three straight.

"It's gut-check time," Lillard said. "If we're going to make this push for the playoffs we've got to win on the road."

The Blazers have won seven of the last nine meetings in Memphis, and they may need to win another low-scoring contest to end their six-game road losing streak.

They shot only 40.7 percent in the first matchup last month, but also held the Grizzlies to 39.5 from the field. Neither team has scored more than 97 points in any of the last four meetings.

Memphis leads the league in defense allowing 89.5 points per game, including holding its last six opponents to an average of 83.3 points and 43.3 percent shooting.

Portland, though, is coming off setting a season best for points in a regulation contest and is averaging 113.3 points over its last three.

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