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Thursday, March 29th (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (18-54) at Portland Trail Blazers (29-42), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers will open a three-game homestand this evening when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Rose Garden.

Portland has lost two straight and went 2-2 on its recent road trip. On Monday the Blazers suffered a 100-89 setback to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, as LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the way.

Zach Randolph added 17 points for Portland, which is five games off the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers were without Brandon Roy for the entire game and Ime Udoka for much of the contest. Roy (personal) is questionable for Thursday's game, while Udoka (concussion) is doubtful against the Grizzlies.

The Trail Blazers will also visit the Clippers and Jazz on the trek, and are 13-23 away from the Rose Garden this season.

Meanwhile, Memphis will resume its six-game road trip tonight and is 1-2 so far on the swing. The Grizzlies ended a four-game losing streak with Tuesday's 88-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

Tarence Kinsey poured in a career-high 24 points and Rudy Gay added 20 points and a career-best 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who are an NBA-worst 6-30 as the visitor this season.

Memphis, the worst team in the NBA, will also visit Seattle and Golden State on the current trek.

Thursday's game between Memphis and Portland is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The Blazers lead the series, 2-1, but the Grizzlies have won seven of the last 11 meetings.

Memphis has won two straight and four of its last five at Portland.

03/29 10:46:37 ET

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