Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets
The Memphis Grizzlies look for three straight wins as they host the injury plagued Denver Nuggets. The Grizzlies are -3.5 point favorites over the Nuggets with an over/under point total set at 197.
The Grizzlies continued their impressive form with a 105-100 victory the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday to secure their second straight win and fourth of five overall. The Nuggets on the other hand put in one of their worst offensive performances of their season in their 102-84 loss at Dallas on Wednesday. Missing three starters, Denver committed 25 turnovers and was held to a season low 35% shooting in the blowout defeat.
In their first meeting of the season, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol posted 20 points and 13 rebounds apiece to lead the Grizzlies to a tough fought 100-97 overtime victory in Memphis. The Nuggets controlled the first half, but were then outscored by 12 points in the second half as Memphis made their comeback, eventually winning in extra time. Al Harrington led all scorers with 23 points off the bench, while Andre Miller added 20 of his own.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis, while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Grizzlies are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5 and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win. The Nuggets on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5 and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 road games, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
If you watched the first meeting between these two, the Nuggets controlled the game for the first three and a bit quarters, before the Grizzlies made their run to steal the game. I could honestly see either team covering here, however I think the under holds the most value. Denver just isn’t the same offensive team without Nene and Gallinari, while Memphis is one of the top defensive teams in the entire league. Only twice have teams scored over 100 points against the Grizzlies in their last 21 games, which just show you how hard they work defensively. Take the under here.