Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Sunday April 19th, 2015. At 8:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (51-31) and number four-seed Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest Division takes the trip to the “VOLUNTEER STATE”. Portland will play the (55-27) and six seed Memphis Grizzlies of the Western Conference Southwest in 2015 NBA Playoff first round action. The teams will play at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Portland Trailblazers are going to struggle without their toughest player. Memphis wants to play at a slow pace, especially at the “GRINDHOUSE”. The opening betting line has Memphis as a five and a half point home favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 188′ for Sunday’s game.
The 2015 Portland Trailblazers lost five of six both straight up and Against The Spread down the stretch in the regular season. Portland will miss Guard Wesley Matthews, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles. Guard Arron Afflalo is doubtful Sunday with a shoulder injury. Forward Dorell Wright is also out until early next month with a bad hand. The Trailblazers roster looks like a mash unit, but it’s playoff time, and every team has players on the mend. The Portland offense averages 102.8 points per contest, seventh in the West. The defense allows opponents 98.6, ranking eighth in the NBA. Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge is the team leader in scoring and rebounds. All-Star Point Guard Damian Lillard is second scoring and leads the team in assists. The Portland Trailblazers are 1-4 their last five 2015 NBA Expert Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total three times. Portland is 0-4 ATS the last four meetings between the teams. Portland is also 0-4 their last four basketball games away from the “BEAVER STATE”. Portland is also 11-5-1 Against The Number their last seventeen in Memphis. Center Robin Lopez and Aldridge must play tough in the frontcourt. Portland can’t make any excuses, Lillard must take his game to another level. Bovada lists the Portland Trailblazers at 75/1 to win the 2015 NBA Championship.
The 2015 Memphis Grizzlies lost two of three to end the regular season. Memphis led the Southwest Division for most of the season but finished in a second-place tie. Memphis ranks 17th in the NBA scoring the basketball. The Grizzlies defense allows the opposition 95.1, first in the league and second in the West. Center Marc Gasol is the team leader in scoring and shot blocks. Power Forward Zach Randolph gets a team-high 10.5 rebounds and is second in scoring. Point Guard Mike Conley is going to have his hands full with Lillard. Forward Jeff Green is probably going to play; he is nursing a back injury. The Memphis Grizzlies are 6-4 their last ten Against The Number, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total eight times. The betting odds under the total are 7-1-1 Memphis last nine games on Sunday’s. The betting odds under the total are also 23-4 the Grizzlies last twenty-seven at home. The betting odds under the total are 5-2 the last seven between the teams in Memphis. The key to a Memphis win is to play through Gasol and Randolph. Memphis can’t afford to play at a fast pace. Bovada Lv has the Memphis Grizzlies at 15/1 the 2015 Western Conference Title.