As the Portland Trail Blazers prepare to play their play-in game against Memphis to proceed to the Western Conference Playoffs, they are not the only ones with confidence in the Blazers.
Betting markets also think Portland will win, as the Trail Blazers are six (6.0) point favorites against the Memphis Grizzlies in Caesars Casino & Sportsbook with a money line of -260.
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Meanwhile, a victory by the Grizzlies would payout at odds of +220.
Additionally, the over/under point total against Memphis is 232.5. The two teams played in the first game of the restart when the Blazers won 140-135 in overtime. However, Jaren Jackson Jr., who scored 33 points including six three-pointers against the Blazers in that contest, has been ruled out for the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
So far, the Blazers have averaged 126 points per game during the restart while the Grizzlies have averaged 112.625.
The game should be moderately fast-paced with the Grizzlies ranking sixth in the NBA in pace (103.31) and Portland ranking 13th (101.17). But, the Blazers will give up a lot of points with the league's 27th ranked defensive efficiency (114.3) while Memphis ranks middle of the pack at 15th (109.7).
The teams switch places on the offensive end. Portland has the league's 3rd best offense (113.2) while Memphis ranks 21st at (108.7).
In short a lot of points will be put up, it'll just be a matter of how fast-paced the game is and if Memphis' offense performs well for the game to hit the over.
The first half spread is Blazers by three (3.0) points and a first-half over/under of 116.