Two squads sitting on mirror sides of the Western Conference table are clashing today, when the second-worse Memphis Grizzlies (20-30), who ended a lengthy losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the second Denver Nuggets (33-15), who have lost only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 01-28-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +6.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 20-30 record (20-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. In their last game they snapped an eight-game losing streak by winning at home against the Pacers with a 106-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20 ppg, adding a team high 6.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 15.4 ppg, 4.7 dimes and a team high 8.7 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 33-15 record (27-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers with a 126-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.1 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.4 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.5 ppg, 4.4 boards and 4.9 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Grizzlies by 2 and Nuggets by 6). Grizzlies have a 12-13 home record, while the Nuggets are 11-11 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Grizzlies’ 100.8, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 104 ppg to Nuggets’ 106.2 ppg. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 45.2%) and in 3-pointers (35.8% to 34.1%). Nuggets are better both in dimes made (27.3 to 23.5) and in boards grabbed (47 to 39.9), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13 to 13.3). Grizzlies have been very inefficient for too long and Vegas odds give the Nuggets a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Denver Nuggets -6.5 (-107)
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