Memphis (31-46 SU, 36-40 ATS) at Portland (49-28 SU, 43-33-1 ATS)
Wednesday 10:30 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Blazers ATS
Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
The Portland Trail Blazers are working to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Memphis Grizzlies are just trying to make it to the finish line. The Trail Blazers (49-38), who have won 10 of their last 12 games, can clinch home-court advantage by winning four of their final five regular-season games, beginning Wednesday night at home against Memphis.
The Grizzlies have lost six of their last nine games and a part of the reason they have struggled so mightily is the fact that they are barely able to field a competitive lineup due to all the injuries they have had. Mike Conley, Avery Bradley, Joakim Noah, Kyle Anderson, and Jonas Valanciunas are all listed as out for the game, leaving the Grizzlies with an assortment of characters to play a game against the Blazers. The Grizzlies have won two of three meetings with the Blazers this season.
Portland rebounded from a 99-90 loss at Detroit on Saturday with a 132-122 victory at Minnesota on Monday. Even without injured starter Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and CJ McCollum (knee), the Blazers have exhibited the best depth in the NBA. Reserves scored 60 points against Minnesota, while Rodney Hood — in a rare starting nod — led the way with 21 points in just 29 minutes. Center Enes Kanter had 20 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes and Seth Curry came off the bench for 19 points in 22 minutes.
Then there was Evan Turner, in a reserve role, notching his fourth career triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes, making 5 of 5 shots from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line.
The Blazers may be injured, but their depth allows them to still have a decided advantage at home where they are 22-15 ATS on the season and should be able to take care of business against a Memphis team that is actively not trying to win. Bettors should not be afraid of the 11 point spread and bet the Blazers with confidence.