Bear Necessities: Key notes, numbers and trends entering Grizzlies-Blazers matchup
MEMPHIS - The Grizzlies (25-40) open a three-game homestand – with each game against an opponent currently in playoff position – when the Trail Blazers (39-24) arrive Tuesday at FedExForum.
Bear Necessities is a game-day spotlight on some Grizzlies notes of note to stay informed entering tonight's matchup.
Here are a few things to watch:
- Memphis and Portland have split their first two matchups of the four-game season series, with each team winning at home so far. Mike Conley led the way with 23 points, and the Grizzlies held the Blazers to their lowest scoring total of the season in a 92-83 win Dec. 12 at FedExForum. A week later, the Blazers avenged the setback when Damian Lillard responded with 24 points, and the Blazers’ bench owned a 44-14 edge on the Memphis reserves in a 99-92 home victory in Portland.
- While Lillard has been Portland’s perennial All-Star, backcourt mate CJ McCollum has often been the most productive player in games against the Grizzlies. McCollum has averaged 20.5 points a game in 17 career matchups with Memphis, which is his highest scoring average against any Western Conference team and second-highest output overall, trailing only his average of 21.4 points against Chicago. McCollum has finished with 40 and 42 points in his last two games in Memphis.
- The Grizzlies have held a league-high 10 opponents under 90 points this season, and are undefeated in those games. Memphis is also second in the NBA in games allowing under 100 points, with those 21 occurrences trailing only the 24 times the Indiana Pacers have held their opponents below the century mark. The Grizzlies have held Portland below 100 points in both meetings this season.
- Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.4 points on 58.1 percent shooting and 10.1 rebounds since joining Memphis at the trade deadline. He has as many double-doubles (five) in seven games with the Grizzlies as he did in 30 games this season with the Toronto Raptors. Valanciunas has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in four of those seven games in Memphis after reaching those totals in a game just once this season prior to last month’s trade.
- The Grizzlies are listing Kyle Anderson (shoulder), Dillon Brooks (toe surgery) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (thigh bruise) as out, with Ivan Rabb (ankle) as questionable and Avery Bradley (wrist) as probable for Tuesday’s game. The Blazers have reported no injuries for the game against the Grizzlies.
For the Grizzlies complete game notes, check here: Grizzlies Game Notes