Denver Nuggets (33-15) vs Memphis Grizzlies (20-30)Date : 01/28/2019
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : FedEx Forum, Nashville, Tennessee
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Denver Nuggets will visit FedEx Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, to face the Memphis Grizzlies in a Monday night showdown at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Memphis was able to get 22 points from Mike Conley along with 20 from Jaren Jackson Jr as the Grizzlies were able to temporarily halt their losing ways as they picked up a victory over the Indiana Pacers at home in their last outing. Marc Gasol also provided a huge lift as he went 7 of 12 from the field while ending with 18 points in addition to pulling down seven rebounds in the victory as the Grizzlies shot 49% from the floor while connecting on 9 three pointers as they won for just the second time in their last 10 outings, overall.
The Denver Nuggets were able to extend their winning ways after a blowout win versus the Phoenix Suns in which to take care of the Philadelphia 76ers at home as Nikola Jokic returned to the lineup after a one-game suspension in which to score 28 points, 18 rebounds, while also dishing out 10 assists as the Nuggets, yet again, possessed a balanced scoring attack in the victory, their seventh victory in their last 10 outings.
Denver Nuggets's Latest Performance :
To provide an indication as to how outstanding the Denver Nuggets have been on both sides of the floor recently, their offense has scored at least 124 points in their last four wins. On the other hand, their defense has allowed just an average of 104 points during these wins as they are winners of four of five games, overall, and will be looking to pick up yet another victory versus a struggling Memphis Grizzlies team on the road.
As stated, Denver had a bevy of players to score in double-figures led by Jokich with 32 points while Mason Plumlee chipped in 16 points for the Nuggets as well. Paul Millsap struggled in this contest while ending with four points and four rebounds while going 1-4 from the floor as the Nuggets, as a team, shot 51% from the floor and were red-hot throughout the contest.
On the other hand, Philadelphia was able to connect on 14 of 36 3-point attempts on the night yet shot just 41% from the floor as JJ Redick scored 22 points while going just 4-10 from three-point range while Corey Brewer also chipped in 20 points in the victory. Ben Simmons also chipped in 19 points while pulling down 12 rebounds in addition to dishing out four assists as Joel Embiid did not play in the matchup.
Nonetheless, the Denver Nuggets will take to the road for four of their next five games, where they are losers of two of their last three overall. Nonetheless, the Memphis Grizzlies are losers or four of their five games at FedEx Forum, which certainly makes this game a very intriguing one.
Memphis Grizzlies 's Latest Performance :
Memphis will be looking to close out a four-game home stand that has been disaster as they are only winners of one of three games after picking up the huge victory over the Indiana Pacers who were Victor Oladipo-less due to season-ending knee injury. Nonetheless, Mike Conley certainly put in an outstanding performance as he dished out 11 assists while ending with 22 points on the night. On the other hand, Jaren Jackson Jr along with Marc Gasol, as stated, also had huge games with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Gasol, on the other hand, came three rebounds shy of recording his third Double-Double in as many games for the Grizzlies.
Defensively, Memphis was able to rely on their tough, physical style of play in which team limit the offense for Indiana to just 43% shooting on the night as Bojan Bogdanovich took up the scoring slack in ending with 21 points on the night while Darren Collison also chipped in 18 points in the loss for the Pacers.
It will also be important to note that Memphis obtained 29 assists on the night as they distributed the ball effectively throughout the contest while also forcing 17 turnovers for Indiana en route to the victory as well. In all, Memphis will be looking to salvage their disastrous five-game homestand by winning their last two contests. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies was not only edged by the Nuggets in their last outing on December 10th, but, are losers of their last four road games, overall , as they are allowing opponents to average 118 points per game during this time.
How Denver Nuggets & Memphis Grizzlies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Denver is 27 – 21 ATS while the OU is 24 – 23
Memphis is 20 – 30 ATS while the OU is 20 – 30
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
One should certainly look for this game to be a defensive-oriented matchup as both the defense for Memphis as well as for Denver has made a reputation for themselves as being two physical style types of teams that love to establish themselves, first and foremost, on the defensive end of the floor. Memphis is currently last place within the Southwest Division standings within the Western Conference while the Nuggets continue to occupy the top spot in the Northwest division standings. With that being said, look for Memphis to look to continue their recent momentum in this contest while the Nuggets will also look to continue their dominance on the defensive end of the floor as well versus a struggling Memphis Grizzlies squad.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Denver Nuggets
My reason for the pick :
While the Memphis Grizzlies will certainly come out to play in this contest, one should certainly look for the Denver Nuggets to have an effective night on both ends of the floor as well as Memphis continues to be up and down both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor lately as well as throughout the season. Of course, Denver will also take advantage of this throughout this contest as they will begin to pull away at some point while picking up the much-needed win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for defense to be the play of the day in this contest as the under has been the play in three of the last four outings for the Memphis Grizzlies, to whom I feel will possess their fair share of confidence after finally picking up their first win in their last eight outings, overall. On the other hand, Denver has been known to limit offensive opportunities for their opponents as well as throughout the season and will certainly lead from the defensive end of the floor in this contest as well as the under will indeed be the strong play in this instance.
Betting trends for Denver Nuggets:
- Over is 6-0 in Nuggets last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 4-0-1 in Nuggets last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
Over is 4-0 in Nuggets last 4 games following a straight up win.
Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies :
- Memphis Grizzlies are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.