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Taking a closer look at tonight's matchup
Records: Portland Blazers (16-15) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-9)
8:00 PM EST
FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Line: Memphis by -9.0, O/U: 182.0
Short and Sweet
Don't have time for a full preview tonight, but wanted to post some interesting things to watch for when the .500 Blazers come to the Forum for the first of four times this season:
- The Blazers are coming off one of their worst offensive performances of the season last game. Their bench was outscored 59-23 in the 102-79 loss to Toronto.
- Zach Randolph played six seasons in Portland after being selected with the 19th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. In six seasons, Randolph averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 28.9 minutes across 387 games.
- The Blazers are a big turnover team. Memphis, who is currently holding the NBA's longest active streak by forcing at least 10 turnovers in 132 consecutive games. We could have a field day with this Portland offense, especially rookie Damian Lillard (committed seven turnovers against Toronto).
- Prior to Wednesday, the Grizzlies had dropped three of their last four and shot only 39.1 percent over the last three games, averaging only 84.3 points. Hollins stressed more offensive aggression. Our guys could get it against a Portland team that ranks near the bottom in defensive field goal percentage (46.6 percent).
- The Blazers have allowed four of their last six opponents to crack 100 points.
Although Portland is weak defensively, I don't think we're going to have an offensive breakout the way we've been playing. Luckily, it hasn't been our offense getting us the wins. Pay special attention to the way Aldridge is played: his matchups against Gasol and Randolph are going to be quite, quite interesting.
Final Score: Portland Trailblazers 85, Memphis Grizzlies 95