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Two Western Conference teams on opposite trajectories are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets (21-20), looking to end an extensive losing streak, are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies (13-27), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 01-12-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -7.5
Nuggets have a 21-20 record (19-20-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Hawks with a 97-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 16.9 ppg, followed by Jamal Murray with 16.1 ppg, while Nikola Jokic adds 15.7 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.2 per game and in assists made, with 5 per game.
Grizzlies have a 13-27 record (15-23-2 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 a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Pelicans with a 105-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tyreke Evans with 19.9 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and a team high 4.6 assists per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 18.4 ppg and a team high 8.6 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Nuggets won at home with a 104-92 score. Nuggets are 14-5 at home so far this season, while Grizzlies are 5-14 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 107.3 ppg to Grizzlies’ second-worse of 99.1, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 102.4 ppg to Nuggets’ 106.1. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.4% to Grizzlies’ 44.4% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.3% to Grizzlies 35%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 45.1 to Grizzlies’ second-worse of 40 and in assists made, with 23.8 to Grizzlies’ third-worse of 20.7, while Grizzlies are better in turnovers committed (14.1 to 15.5). Nuggets are the absolute favorite despite being on a mini slump. Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds and bounce back at home tonight.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -7.5 (-110)