Memphis Grizzlies (0-6) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-3)
The Memphis Grizzlies are desperately seeking their first win of the season as they square off against the .500 Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. This Sunday, November 5, 2023, the Grizzlies will look to turn the tide and notch a victory, while the Trail Blazers aim to climb above .500. With both teams eager to prove themselves, this game is a critical juncture in their early-season campaigns. For fans and bettors keeping an eye on the latest NBA picks, this match-up presents some intriguing variables to consider.
Memphis Grizzlies, despite their subpar record, are an intriguing team. Coming into this matchup with a -2 spread and having lost seven consecutive outright and against the spread games, pressure is building; but their gameplay suggests they are on the cusp of breaking through with an offense scoring an average of 107.7 points per game on 43% shooting from the field while managing only 43 turnovers per game, leaving their chances for closing out games somewhat diminished.
At.500, Portland Trail Blazers hold an even record, yet their home court performance has been dismal; going 1-11 over their last 12 home games. Their stats leave room for improvement from beyond the arc where they are shooting only 29.1% while rebounding has proven more successful; leading the Grizzlies slightly with 45.7 boards per game and reaching their average of 105 points per game to secure wins at home court.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game Info
|Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET
|Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
|ROOT Sports NW
|NBA League Pass
(Desmond Bane (SG) vs. Shaedon Sharpe (SG)
Desmond Bane of the Memphis Grizzlies stands as an inspiration in their struggle. His impressive per-game metrics – 26 points per game with multiple contributions across the board – highlight his critical role. Likewise, Bane’s ability to maintain performance under pressure and his increasing defensive capability (2.2 steals per game) demonstrate his potential to swing game momentum toward Memphis.
Shaedon Sharpe of the Trail Blazers has made quite an impression as both an effective scorer and all-around contributor on the court, scoring 20.5 points per game and rebounding effectively – integral parts of Portland’s strategy. While Sharpe may make turnovers per game an issue for Portland, his overall contribution remains essential to their performance.
When these two key players meet on the court, it will be a battle of Bane’s sharpshooting and defensive anticipation against Sharpe’s scoring and rebounding; their performance may well set the pace for their respective teams and make their clash one of the defining aspects of each game.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Memphis Grizzlies -137, Total Odds: 218.5
The odds tilt slightly in favor of the Grizzlies, despite their winless record, perhaps a testament to their perceived potential to break through. The point spread and moneyline reflect a narrow margin, suggesting an expectation of a tight contest. The total, set at 218.5, is a nod to both teams’ capabilities to put up points when they find their rhythm.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Grizzlies are 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games, highlighting a trend that bettors have been wary of. Their inability to seal games has seen them struggle not just on the court but in the betting slips as well. The fact that they’ve gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 road games against Portland suggests that betting trends are favoring a low-scoring affair for them when in the Trail Blazers’ territory.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Conversely, the Trail Blazers have a perplexing trend; they are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games but have seen the total go OVER in 6 of their last 9. This duality reflects a team that, while not always clinching the win, tends to be involved in high-scoring matchups. At home, their record is surprisingly weak, with 1-11 SU in the last 12 games, but this could provide an edge for bettors looking for an underdog victory or at least a closer-than-expected finish.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers 11/5/23 Betting Picks
Considering the teams’ performances and betting trends, this game presents an opportunity for the Grizzlies to exploit the Trail Blazers’ vulnerability at home. With Bane at the helm, Memphis could leverage their desperate search for a win to finally put a positive number in their win column. However, the Trail Blazers, powered by Sharpe’s ascendancy, might just find the right groove to fend off their challengers and push their record into favorable territory.
For bettors seeking guidance, while the Grizzlies are favored, the Trail Blazers’ +2 spread is tempting, especially with the knowledge of Memphis’s ATS trends. As for the totals, the conflicting trends of both teams could be an indication to steer clear or to wait for in-game shifts, potentially leveraging the best live betting website features to place a more informed bet.
Free Pick and Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 110, Portland Trail Blazers 107