The NBA has returned and there’s plenty to handicap. Two games in particular this weekend have lots of intrigue with line moves, additions to lineups and matchup problems that will surely work against certain teams. In some cases, it might lead to value for bettors to pounce on.
Friday: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers (-2, 222¹/₂ total)
This could be by far the most meaningful game in the first three days in the bubble. By means of winning percentage, Portland has an edge in the standings over New Orleans and Sacramento in the race for the final seed in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers sit 3¹/₂ games behind Memphis in the West, and a win would go a long way toward forcing a play-in with the Grizzlies.
However, this matchup is fascinating for many reasons bes...