Grizzlies vs Trail Blazers predictions and pick against the spread: Who wins?
This year the NBA Playoffs have a twist. The NBA play-in series is going to make the postseason, even more exciting. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies will face off in this inaugural edition to the playoffs. This is a can’t-miss NBA match up. With such a unique situation doing your homework before making your Grizzlies vs Blazers predictions and pick against the spread will pay off.
The play in tourney is simple:
– The Blazers need to defeat the Grizzlies once, and they advance to play the Lakers.
– The Grizzlies must defeat the Blazers TWICE in a row, and they advance to play the Lakers.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) August 14, 2020
What’s the play-in all about?
The play-in is relatively simple. Since the Trail Blazers hold the No. 8 seed all they have to do is win the first game and they advance. If they lose the first game to the Grizzlies they will have to come back and play again on Sunday. The winner on Sunday will advance. The winner of the play-in series will not have much time to rest as they will join the rest of the Western Conference and play against the top-seeded LA Lakers. The rest of the NBA playoffs bracket is locked and ready to go.
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The NBA play-in schedule
The NBA playoffs start on Monday so they have to get in the play-in series before that tips-off. You won’t have to wait long to see the outcome of this series. Here is the schedule:
Game 1: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Game 2 (if necessary): Sunday, Aug. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET
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Series play-in odds
The NBA odds for this series are set and it is very clear that the Trail Blazers are the favorite. In the first game, the Blazers are listed as (-6) point favorites, which seems high. This is partly due to how hot the Blazers and Damian Lillard has been in the bubble. Lillard is easily the best player in the NBA restart and will be treating this series like the NBA Finals.
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Grizzlies vs Trail Blazers predictions and pick against the spread
So who wins? The easy pick is the Trail Blazers because the top sportsbooks have labeled this team as the favorite, but they have some issues. The defense is worrisome as they have allowed 124 or more points in five of the last eight games that they have played in. Defense does win ball games, but in this game Dame is just willing his team to win. The Grizzlies put up a fight, but in the end, the Trail Blazers advance in two games.
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