5:05 p.m. at Memphis
Portland +6½ at Memphis (189)
On the surface, Portland at 41-25 should have an easy time with 17-48 Memphis. But, that may not be the case here. True Memphis is 2-12 in its last 14 games, but does come off an 89-84 win at Detroit. Meanwhile Portland is just 13-19 on the road, including two straight double-digit losses.
There are those who would say the Memphis Tigers would have a better shot at beating the Trail Blazers, but the Grizzlies did put up a fight in the previous meeting at Portland during a 94-90 loss. Granted Memphis at 12-21 is not a strong home court, but it’s tough to back Portland as a prohibitive favorite on the road. It’s been over a month since the Grizz have had a 2-game win streak. It may be time. MEMPHIS.