Blazers vs. Grizzlies NBA expert prediction and odds for Friday, March 1 (Take the under)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Blazers vs. Grizzlies

Feb 28, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Ziaire Williams (8) fight to the rim against the Timberwolves.
Feb 28, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Ziaire Williams (8) fight to the rim against the Timberwolves. / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Portland was one of two teams to go winless in February (0-9) following a 106-96 home loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday. The Blazers are back on the road Friday for back-to-back matchups at FedEx Forum against the Grizzlies. 

Memphis is a short home favorite following three consecutive losses and has a lengthy injury report heading into Friday. The two teams split a pair of matchups in early November. Here’s the betting breakdown of Friday’s conference clash with a best bet. 

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Blazers vs. Grizzlies odds, spread and total

Blazers vs. Grizzlies how to watch

  • Date: Friday, March 1
  • Game time: 8 p.m. EST
  • Venue: FedEx Forum
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Blazers record: 15-42
  • Grizzlies record: 20-39

Blazers vs. Grizzlies injury report

Portland Trail Blazers

  • DeAndre Ayton (hand): doubtful
  • Moses Brown (wrist): questionable
  • Scoot Henderson (adductor): out

Memphis Grizzlies 

  • Derrick Rose (back): out
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad): out
  • John Konchar (thumb): doubtful
  • Luke Kennard (illness): doubtful 
  • GG Jackson (quad): questionable

Blazers vs. Grizzlies key players to watch

Blazers

Anfernee Simons: The fifth-year guard is averaging 22.6 points and 5.2 assists per game this season. Simons played 41 minutes in the loss to Miami, finishing with a  team-high 26 points after being held to 12 or less in two of the previous three games. 

Grizzlies

Ziaire Williams: The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging just 8.2 points per game but has poured in double figures in three of the last four games. Williams turned in 16 points and 8 rebounds and should get plenty of usage Friday with the Grizzlies’ injury report. 

Blazers vs. Grizzlies prediction and pick

What the Grizzlies’ abysmal offense didn’t need was a slew of additional injuries for a team that has already lost Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, and Desmond Bane. Jaren Jackson Jr. (22.4 points per game) has already been declared out while double-digit scorers Luke Kennard and GG Jackson are unlikely to suit up. 

The Grizzlies are already last in the NBA in offensive rating and scoring (106.4 points per game), and now will have an unproven lineup suiting up against the Trail Blazers.

Portland got bit by the injury bug, too, with by far its best player going down with a hand injury. Seven-foot center DeAndre Ayton was averaging 17.1 points and 11 rebounds per game in February but is back on the sidelines. Portland’s offense is one of the worst in the NBA, too. 

Portland is the only team worse than Memphis in shooting percentage (43.8%) this season and these are the two lowest-scoring clubs in the NBA. Portland is last in the NBA in road scoring (105.9 points per game), but Memphis is just 2-6 ATS as a home underdog this season. 

The under is 20-8-1 at FedEx Forum this season and with two lackluster replacement lineups suiting up on Friday, that trend continues. 


Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.