NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 27th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (18-26) at Memphis Grizzlies (11-33), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies will open a five-game homestand this evening when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to FedExForum.
Memphis, which is last in the Southwest standings and 8-13 at home this season, completed a four-game road trip with a 1-3 record. On Friday the Grizzlies suffered a 112-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Hakim Warrick had 27 points and Eddie Jones 17 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests. Memphis will now host Portland, Sacramento, Dallas, Indiana and Houston on the homestand.
Grizzlies center Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Blazers.
Portland, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak come to an end with Friday's 99-69 setback to the Rockets in the opener of a three-game road trip at the Toyota Center.
Zach Randolph scored 13 points and grabbed six boards for the Trail Blazers, who shot just 36.1 percent from the field. Portland will also visit the Hornets on the trip and is 7-14 away from The Rose Garden this season.
The Blazers defeated Memphis, 85-79, on December 13 this season at FedExForum to snap a two-game skid in the series.
Memphis has won three of five and six of the last nine meetings with the Blazers, who have won two of their last three trips to Memphis.
01/27 11:09:28 ET