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Wednesday, December 21st (All times eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (7-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (14-9), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to get back on the winning track when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers tonight to FedExForum.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 22nd, Darius Miles scored 22 points as the Trail Blazers took home a 95-87 victory over the Grizzlies. Miles is sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

Portland has won two of the last three meetings in this series, while Memphis has won four of the last six contests. The Trail Blazers have lost four of their last six at the Grizzlies.

Memphis plays the fourth contest of a five-game homestand. It is 1-2 on the current stand. On Monday, Chauncey Billups knocked down a 16-foot jumper with just 0.3 seconds on the clock to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Grizzlies, 106-104, in a double-overtime thriller at the FedExForum.

Pau Gasol finished with a game-high 32 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss to Detroit for the Grizzlies, while Damon Stoudamire scored 24 points.

The Grizzlies, who have dropped four of their last five games overall, are 7-5 at home this season. They will closeout the homestand on Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

Portland plays the second of a four-game road trip. On Tuesday, Richard Hamilton scored 23 points to lead five Detroit players in double figures as the Pistons downed the Trail Blazers, 93-89, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Zach Randolph posted a career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds in the loss to the Pistons for the Trail Blazers, who have lost four of their last five games. Juan Dixon and Ruben Patterson each had 14 points in the loss.

Joel Przybilla finished with 10 points and seven rebounds on Tuesday as Portland lost to Detroit for the fifth time in its last six games.

The Trail Blazers, who will also visit Minnesota and Sacramento on the current trip, are 2-10 on the road this season.

12/21 10:16:23 ET


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