Tonight, history will be made by the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies. These two clubs are among the 14 that will play in the first round of the NBA In-Season Tournament. Memphis, the lone team without a victory in the league, will try to win its next game in Portland versus the Blazers. Both organizations will be playing for a win because the results of the competition are carried across to the regular campaign win-loss column.
Many would anticipate that the Grizzlies with their recently acquired Marcus Smart could make it through the initial five contests even with Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension. Rather, Memphis has dropped 13 consecutive games dating back to last campaign and is presently0-5 for the very first occasion in 20 years. To exacerbate the situation, they are currently playing without center Steven Adams, who is sidelined for the season due to a knee injury, power forward Brandon Clarke, and seasoned guard Derrick Rose. They lost their most recent game, a 133-109 away loss against Utah on Wednesday. With 21 points, Desmond Bane topped the Grizz, followed by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and a mere 1 of 8 long-range shooting.
In spite of losing Damian Lillard, their franchise point guard, Portland has a youthful squad with a lot of potential for the future. Although guard Anfernee Simons only made an appearance in a single contest so far this campaign and is unavailable tonight due to thumb surgery, 4 players average more than 18 points per game. For the Trail Blazers, second-year guards Shaedon Sharpe, Malcolm Brogdon, and Jerami Grant have all been effective scorers. The squad’s strongest X-factor may be the recently signed center DeAndre Ayton, despite his poor beginning in his new location. Despite his decline from his lifetime average of 16.5 points per contest to 10.2 points per match, Ayton has managed to pull down an amazing 14.0 rebounds per contest so far.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers Information
- Date: 11/03/2023
- Time: 10:10 PM ET
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR
- How to Watch Grizzlies vs Blazers : TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass