The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Denver Nuggets at the Ball Arena on Friday night. Currently, these teams occupy top spots in the Western Conference, which is why this game is a prime-time broadcast. Memphis had a rough stretch but is now on the rise, with a few consecutive victories. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are pushing according to the plan, with Nikola Jokic breaking all sorts of records and managing to keep his team in the first place, not his individual stats.
Grizzlies vs. Nuggets Preview
Memphis Grizzlies (38-23, +180) won four of the past five games and three in a row. After beating the Nuggets and the Lakers at home, they were better than the Rockets on the road. Interestingly, all five events went under, and that’s a new trend in Memphis’ clashes.
That was the first win for the Grizzlies away from home after eight consecutive defeats, one of the worst streaks this team had since Taylor Jenkins’ sat on the bench and formed this unit. The contest against the Rockets finished 113-99 in Memphis’ favor.
Desmond Bane had a team-high 30 points and posted nine rebounds with six assists. Bane dropped six threes in nine attempts and was 12-for-17 from the field. Morant delivered 20 buckets, seven assists, and seven boards. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 17 points, and Dillon Brooks 16.
Denver Nuggets (44-19, -250) have five triumphs in six events, losing the only one against the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Jokic and the boys beat some pretty good teams during this stretch, including the Mavs, Cavs, and, most recently, the Clippers and the Rockets, 133-112.
Jokic reached his 100th triple-double against the Rockets, reaching another milestone in his already epic career. The Serbian scored 14 points, with 11 boards and 10 assists in 28 minutes. The Joker wanted to involve his teammates in action, setting up plenty of easy points for Murray, who had 32, Porter Jr. 17, and Bruce Brown, who entered off the bench to score 15.
Denver made 16 threes in 37 buckets, and overall, Mike Malone’s team had an excellent shooting night with 57.6% hits made, or 53 in 92 tries. Also, the Nuggets had 40 assists.
Grizzlies vs. Nuggets Head to Head Games
The Grizzlies and the Nuggets met twice this year, and both units used the home-court edge, posting decisive victories. The first meeting was in late December, at the Mile High, and the Nuggets won 105-91, while the second happened days ago, and the Grizzlies got even in front of their own crowd, 112-94.
Grizzlies vs. Nuggets Prediction
The Nuggets have a massive motive to avenge the recent defeat in Tennesse, Jokic in particular. That was the game in which back-to-back MVP received numerous hits and was guarded rather violently, with him having scratches all over his hands and upper body. This is the no.1 reason we pick the Nuggets to win, and the second is their quality and the fact that the Grizzlies perform awfully on the road. Ja and the boys simply can’t find any mojo outside FedEx, and they now face the Nuggets, who are 28-4 at home and want to secure the first position in the West.
Grizzlies vs. Nuggets Pick: Denver Nuggets win -250
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