Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Memphis Grizzlies (19-11) vs Portland Trail Blazers (12-18)
Game Info: Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm (FedExForum)
Betting Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -4.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers pay a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum on Sunday night.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 10 of their past 12 games and they will be eager to build some momentum after arresting a seven-game slide with a 125-116 home win over the Hornets on Friday. Damian Lillard led the team with 43 points and eight assists on 12 of 19 shooting, Ben McLemore drained eight 3-pointers to finish with 28 points off the bench while Norman Powell chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 51 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 47 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to and poured in 81 points in the first half to lead by as many as 29 points before easing off in the second half with the game all sewn up.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have been in terrific shape as they’ve won 10 of their past 11 games and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after routing the Kings in a 124-105 road win on Friday. Desmond Bane led the team with 24 points on nine of 16 shooting, Dillon Brooks added 23 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points while De’Anthony Melton chipped in with 19 points off the bench. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 24 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, before taking over in the second half where they poured in 66 points to make it look easy in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trail Blazers are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Memphis.
The Trail Blazers will once again be without CJ McCollum who will be re-evaluated in a week, but they should have Dennis Smith Jr. back in the lineup after he sat out on Friday. The Grizzlies have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league as they’ve won 10 of their past 11 games and they looked great in their dominant win over the Kings on Friday. The Trail Blazers can certainly pull off the upset here if Lillard can get hot like he did in his last outing, but with the line so short, I think the smarter play is with the Grizzlies to stay hot with another win and cover at home.