WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (6-Four, 2-2 street) @ Portland Path Blazers (6-Four, Four-2 house)
WHERE: Moda Heart in Portland, Oregon
WHEN: 9:00 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: FOX Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS- Wayne Selden Jr. (Out, quad), JaMychal Inexperienced (Out, ankle/foot), Mario Chalmers (Possible, knee), Marc Gasol (Possible, ankle), Ben McLemore and Ivan Rabb(Inactive- assigned to Memphis Hustle)
PORTLAND- Al-Farouq Aminu (Out, ankle), Wade Baldwin IV (Out, thumb), Meyers Leonard(Out, ankle), CJ Wilcox (Out, knee)
MEMPHIS- Mike Conley, Dillon Brooks, James Ennis III, Jarell Martin, Marc Gasol
PORTLAND- Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Jusuf Nurkic

The Memphis Grizzlies are in Oregon to tackle the Portland Path Blazers two days after a weekend keep in Los Angeles. They took on the Clippers and Lakers in a Saturday/Sunday again to again, and in typical Grizzlies style they gained the sport many thought they'd lose (Clippers) and misplaced the sport many thought they'd win (Lakers). The extra issues change, the extra they keep the identical.
That bodes nicely for tonight, then, as Memphis takes on a Portland workforce that's enjoying nicely early within the season regardless of some key accidents. There are causes for this- Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum stay one of many high scoring backcourts in all the NBA, whereas Jusuf Nurkic has began his season off on an especially robust notice (16 factors and nearly eight rebounds per recreation). This workforce will go so far as these three take them most nights.
What should Memphis do to tug out a win in Portland?

Marc Negates Nurkic

Always remember that these two have a historical past. Nurkic was fairly aggressive/disrespectful to Marc prior to now, overtly scoffing at and mocking him once they have performed towards each other. And Gasol doesn’t take too kindly to that sort of factor, and Marc doesn’t neglect. Chances are high we could have some Wendigo, aggressive-Marc sightings tonight, and that could be a good factor. Whereas Mike Conley is just not on the damage report, he clearly is just not fairly himself and is struggling early this season. It's unrealistic to anticipate Mike to win his one on one matchup with the gifted Damian Lillard at this level.
So, Marc should decide up the slack and never simply beat Nurkic, however darn close to dominate him. Right here’s to hoping he's as much as the duty.

Be a Higher Collective

Whereas Marc should lead, he can't do it alone. One of many causes the Grizzlies have a successful file by ten video games this season regardless of so many accidents is the truth that others have stepped up. Chandler Parsons seems to be a great basketball participant once more, Tyreke Evans is a Sixth Man of the 12 months candidate, and James Ennis III has been serviceable as a beginning wing on this workforce. The collective has labored nicely, and the bench particularly has had a big hand in not simply protecting leads, however getting/constructing them.
Portland has comparable gamers. Exterior of their “Massive Three” of Lillard/McCollum/Nurkic, they've six gamers averaging over 5 factors a recreation. Two of them (Aminu and Leonard) are out for tonight’s contest, however guys like Evan Turner, Pat Connaughton, Mo Harkless, and Ed Davis all stand to see their minutes and roles develop with these two out.
It can't be all on Marc and Mike. The Chandlers and Tyrekes of the world must outperform the Evans and Mos for Memphis to win.

The Prediction

The Grizzlies might be enjoying their third recreation in 4 nights tonight once they take the ground in Portland, and after this recreation they get a pleasant break earlier than they play at Houston on Saturday night time. Memphis could not have their legs underneath them and should have their eyes wanting forward to a couple days off. If that's the case, that is going to be a protracted night time for the Grizzlies.
This shouldn’t be the case, although. Chandler Parsons will play on this recreation and supply some wanted depth for Memphis, and the mix of him, Tyreke Evans, and Mario Chalmers ought to assist to maintain this factor shut when Marc and Mike usually are not concerned/on the court docket. It will likely be on the 2 fundamental Grizzlies to discover a option to get Memphis a win in that “successful time” that's the fourth quarter.
Conley (damaged face) and Gasol (Nurkic) each have causes for disliking Portland. That emotion will carry the day and the Grizzlies get a breather after an enormous win.
Memphis 105, Portland 101