Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Memphis at Portland
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers suffered through their worst offensive night at the Memphis Grizzlies last week before lighting up the scoreboard in back-to-back wins over the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers. The Trail Blazers will try to keep the points coming and gain some revenge when they host the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Portland shot 36.8 percent from the floor in a 92-83 loss at Memphis last Wednesday but pushed that number to 51.1 percent in a home win over the Raptors before riding the hot hands of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to 54.7 percent in a 131-127 triumph at the Clippers on Monday. "We’re still confident, but we just have to stay locked in," Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless told reporters. "There's been times where we've had leads like that and we gave it up. I think the past two games, we've been able to show a bit of our growth, and we were able to keep it together and close out the game." The Grizzlies are losers of three straight and five of the last six and failed to score more than 99 points in any of those six contests. Memphis began a four-game road trip at defending-champion Golden State on Monday and dropped a 110-93 decision while going 7-of-25 from 3-point range.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS South (Memphis), NBCS Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (16-14): The bright spot for Memphis' offense came off the bench on Monday from small forward Omri Casspi, who went out and scored a season-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting against his former team. Casspi's breakout came after a three-game stretch in which he totaled four points on 2-of-5 shooting. The Grizzlies did not get as much on Monday from the power forward spot, from where Jaren Jackson Jr. and JaMychal Green combined for six points on 2-of-12 shooting.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (17-13): Lillard scored 32 of his 39 points in the second half on Monday and finished 11-of-20 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range. "(Lillard) had it going," Portland coach Terry Stotts told reporters. "I thought our guys did a really good job of screening and giving him some space to get some good looks at the threes. I'm not sure what he had in the third quarter, but when you give him time and space, I like our chances." McCollum, who was the lone offensive bright spot with 40 points at Memphis last week, added 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting in Monday's triumph.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic went 8-of-12 from the floor on Monday after combining to go 5-of-30 in the previous two contests.

2. Grizzlies PG Mike Conley (hamstring) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.

3. The home team took the last three in the series, with Portland grabbing a 113-98 victory on its own floor April 1.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 119, Grizzlies 103
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 16-14 L3 9-6 7-8 1-2 15-12 3-1 11-9
Portland 17-13 W2 11-4 6-9 0-0 17-13 2-2 9-10
Last Meeting
Memphis Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/12/18 POR 83 MEM 92 92 51 41.5 83 44 36.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Conley 23 50.0 3
Portland C. McCollum 40 59.3 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis K. Anderson 12 1 11
Portland J. Nurkic 10 1 9
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 6
Portland M. Leonard 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Conley 659 43.0 148
Portland D. Lillard 869 45.2 210
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 288 36 252
Portland J. Nurkic 347 123 224
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 201
Portland D. Lillard 200
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Memphis Off vs  Portland Portland Defense
Memphis Off vs Portland - Points For 102.2 Points For
Memphis Off vs Portland - Points Against 110.8 Points Against
Memphis - FG% 45.6 FG%
Portland - FG% 45.8 FG%
Memphis - Reb 39.6 Reb
Portland - Reb 43.7 Reb
Portland Portland Off vs  Memphis Memphis Defense
Portland Off vs Memphis - Points For 112.2 Points For
Portland Off vs Memphis - Points Against 102.4 Points Against
Portland - FG% 45.9 FG%
Memphis - FG% 44.6 FG%
Portland - Reb 48.2 Reb
Memphis - Reb 44.8 Reb