MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (TICKER) —The Memphis Grizzlies try to extend their home winning streak to four games on Monday when they return from their longest road trip of the season to host the Portland Trail Blazers at The Pyramid.
The Grizzlies are returning from a 1-5 road trip, but have won three straight and five of their last six at The Pyramid, where they are 10-9 this season.
Memphis completed its longest trip of the season with a 103-97 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Lorenzen Wright also scored 21 points as the Grizzlies fell to 2-18 on the road.
Portland completed a 2-1 homestand with a 104-98 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
Portland played its first game without star forward Rasheed Wallace, who was suspended seven games by the NBA for confronting an official in the parking lot of the Rose Garden following Wednesday’s win over Memphis.
The Blazers have won six of their last eight games on the road and are 11-9 away from the Rose Garden this season.
Portland has won a pair of home meetings with Memphis this season, including last Wednesday’s 100-92 victory when Wallace had a season-high 38 points and 10 rebounds. Portland leads the all-time series, 20-9, and the teams split two games in Memphis last season. They meet here again on April 11.