NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 12th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (35-26) at Portland Trail Blazers (22-37), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers hope to put an end to a six-game losing streak, as they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies tonight to the Rose Garden for the first of a home-and-home set.
The Grizzlies will host the Blazers on Monday, which will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Memphis defeated the Blazers on November 17th at the Rose Garden and on February 11th at the FedExForum in the two previous contests between the squads.
Overall, Memphis has won three straight and four of the last five meetings in this series. These two teams have split the last 10 meetings. The Grizzlies have won two straight after losing their last three at Portland.
The Trail Blazers will also try to halt a four-game home losing streak. On Wednesday, Eddy Curry scored 25 points and Kirk Hinrich had 22, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 97-84 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim collected 22 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost 11 of their last 13 overall. Travis Outlaw added a career-high 17 points, while rookie Sebastian Telfair and Damon Stoudamire scored 13 apiece.
Portland, which is 12-30 when it scores under 100 points this season, has allowed under 100 points in 15 of its last 21 games.
Abdur-Rahim has scored in double-digits in four straight games and has record two double-doubles in that span. He has averaged 22.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in those contests.
The Blazers are just 14-15 as the host this season.
Memphis plays the finale of a four-game road trip. The Grizzlies are 2-1 on the current swing.
On Friday, Mike Miller scored a team-high 24 points as the Grizzlies defeated the Utah Jazz, 94-82, at the Delta Center. Miller went 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance, and grabbed seven rebounds for Memphis, which won its fifth game in six outings.
Brian Cardinal collected 14 points, Shane Battier added 11 and James Posey and Lorenzen Wright netted 10 points each. Wright also pulled down a team-high eight boards in the victory.
The Grizzlies are 15-16 on the road this season.
03/12 10:07:05 ET