With 14 regular season games remaining for the Portland Trail Blazers (32-26), Portland hosts the Memphis Grizzlies (29-28) in an important pair of games over the weekend.
Friday’s game against the Grizzlies will be the first of three meetings between the two this season.
All three matchups will come within a four-game span with the Blazers and Grizzlies tipping off again Sunday at Moda Center and concluding the regular season series in Memphis on April 28.
The Blazers are looking to snap a three-game losing streak Friday as they also work to keep the Grizzlies from leapfrogging them in the standings over the next week.
The Trail Blazers are -3.5 point favorites against the Grizzlies Friday night, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: -3.5 (-110) – Grizzlies: +3.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Friday, April 23
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The Blazers have listed Derrick Jones Jr. (right hip, contusion) as questionable, while Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) is out for Friday’s game.
For the Grizzlies, Jonas Valanciunas (concussion protocol) is out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers –
- Damian Lillard
- CJ McCollum
- Norman Powell
- Robert Covington
- Jusuf Nurkic
For the Grizzlies –
- Ja Morant
- Grayson Allen
- Kyle Anderson
- Dillon Brooks
- Xavier Tillman
What happened last season:
The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies split the 2019-20 season series, 1-1. Portland and Memphis have split the season series each of the past three years.
Damian Lillard averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists in two games against the Grizzlies last season.
Lillard has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games against Memphis, while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.6 points over his 20 career games against the Grizzlies, which is his third-highest average against any NBA team.
In the NBA restart on July 31, 2020, in Portland's overtime 140-135 win over the Grizzlies and Jusuf Nurkic's only game against Memphis last season, Nurkic recorded 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and six blocks.
As for Memphis, in two games against Portland last season, Ja Morant averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 10.0 assists. Brandon Clarke averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds off the bench.