In this all-Western battle between two squads coming off wins in their previous games, the Memphis Grizzlies (5-7), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (8-3), who have lost only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 11-17-2019, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +6.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 5-7 record (5-7 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with two more teams in the 9th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Jazz with a 107-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Ja Morant with 18.9 ppg, adding a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Dillon Brooks with 14.2 ppg and 3.7 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have an 8-3 record (4-6-1 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the third place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 101-93 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jamal Murray with 17.4 ppg, adding 4.8 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Nikola Jokic with 17.1 ppg and team highs both in boards with 9.1 and in dimes made with 5.8 per game.
In their three meetings last season the Nuggets led the Grizzlies 2-1 wins and were 1-1 on the road. Grizzlies are 3-4 at home, while the Nuggets are 4-1 on the road. Grizzlies are better offensively, scoring 109.8 ppg to Nuggets’ 104.7, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 101.9 ppg to Grizzlies’ 117.8. Grizzlies have a better field goal percentage (46% to 43%), while Nuggets have a better 3-point percentage (34.1% to 33%). Grizzlies are better in dimes made (26.8 to 24.8), while Nuggets are better both in turnovers committed (12.6 to 17) and in boards grabbed (47 to 45.8). Bookmakers give the Nuggets a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win against an inferior Grizzlies team.
Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Denver Nuggets -6.5 (-110)
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