NBA Gambling Insight
The Grizzlies are one of the hottest teams in the NBA winners of 7 straight games and will be facing a Blazers team that has only 1 home loss all season (7-1) and is coming off a 12-point win last night.
Memphis Grizzlies (10-6) vs. Portland Trailblazers (10-7)
When: 10 PM ET, Sunday, January 1, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Broadcast: Fox SportSouth
Grizzlies vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -5
Moneyline: Blazers -215 / Grizzlies +185
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Grizzlies have out-scored their opponents by an average of 13.3 ppg in their 7-game winning streak and they will be facing a legit defense of Portland that ranks 13th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
The Blazers seem to a different beast in the Rose Garden, as at home this season they are averaging over 104 ppg.
The Blazers have beaten the Grizzlies in 11 of their last 14 games including their last one last April.
Marc Gasol (15.2 ppg 10.6 rpg) has played great since signing a new long-term contract and he may be a HUGE issue tonight since Portland’s 2nd leading rebounder and defensive ace Marcus Cambyis a question mark with a groin injury. Aldridge will really have to play well on the glass if Camby cannot go.
The Blazers’ defense really has to key on Rudy Gay (18.9 ppg), who has been on fire in Memphis’ winning streak averaging 22.1 ppg.
The Griz and their 10th ranked defense has only given up an average of 87.8 ppg in their last 5 games.
Even though the Blazers beat the Kings by 12 points last night they turned the ball over 17 times and they have to be careful with the rock tonight.
Kings vs Blazers Free Prediction
This season the Blazers are 9-7-1 ATS with an O/U record of 7-10 and the Grizzlies are 9-7 ATS with an O/U record of 8-8.
In some betting trends for this Western Conference match up the Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games as a road underdog
- They have an Under record of 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
- The Blazers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
- They have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Pick: I wish I knew if Camby would be on the court tonight, as I think he is the X factor.
If he cannot go I think the Grizzlies will, at least, be able to cover the 5-point spread.