Analyst reveals major 'opportunity' for Grizzlies heading into Blazers game

Nov 3, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) comes
Nov 3, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) comes / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

After claiming their first string of consecutive wins since late January, the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves heading into their Friday night bout against the Portland Trail Blazers amid a lowly three-game losing streak, with their most recent demise coming in a hard-fought contest against the surging Minnesota Timberwolves.

Though Taylor Jenkins' squad is all but certain to be playing for a high-end lottery pick rather than their usual top-seeded finish for a playoff berth, even during this low-success rate campaign they've still managed to remain competitive and give fans a reason to tune in on a consistent basis.

Now, heading into their upcoming game against the Blazers, Grind City Media's Michael Wallace believes that the Grizzlies have an "opportunity" to provide the fans with even more excitement, as they could kick off the month of March on a high note with a win in front of their home crowd.

Grizzlies have 'opportunity' to get back into the win column vs. Blazers

"Get back to winning! You have a chance to knock out a team that's struggling far worse than you, still dealing with some injuries of their own, and [who have] some growing pains. This is an opportunity to reward your home fans with the same energy and effort you showed in Minnesota but bring that back here to erase the taste from Monday's performance against the Brooklyn Nets."

Michael Wallace

As things currently stand, the Grizzlies and Blazers are all knotted up at one win apiece in their four-game season series heading into the upcoming contest. So far, Memphis holds a point differential of +10 in their two matchups and is posting sensational all-around averages of 112.5 points, 48.5 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 7.0 steals, and 8.5 blocks on 49.7 percent shooting from the floor.

Friday night also marks the first of a back-to-back stretch for Memphis, both of which are against Portland and at home, their first time playing against one another this season in the 38103. Unfortunately for this matchup, Jenkins' club hasn't proved to be all that effective when playing at home this year, even against sub-.500 teams as they hold a lowly record of 3-5 in such situations.

Hopefully they can end this two-game stretch with a couple of wins added to this record and, in turn, start out March on the right foot.