Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game on ESPN. Just a week after their clash in Memphis, the Grizzlies and Nuggets run it back for a 3rd and final time tonight at Ball Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
It wasn’t the best of games by the Nuggets the last time they played the Grizzlies as they finished with just 94 points in a 18 point loss. Since then they responded well with 134 points against the Clippers and 133 vs the Rockets, winning both of those games. Things should resort back to normal in tonight’s game as they return back home where they’ve won a league best 28 of 32 games.
Nikola Jokic has recorded a triple-double in back-to-back games and in 3 of his last 4, the Nuggets are unbeaten when he does that this season. Aaron Gordon might miss tonight’s game as he’s listed questionable with a rib injury. Other than that head coach Michael Malone has a full roster at their disposal and with 8 wins in the last 9 meetings at Ball Arena the Nuggets are firm favorites here.
Coincidentally the Grizzlies are also coming off a win against the Houston Rockets, as they beat them 113-99 on the road. Winning a road game must feel huge for this team even if it’s against one of the worst teams in the NBA. Memphis has gone just 1-8 SU in their last 9 away from home. They’ll also be discouraged for tonight’s game with the fact that they’ve gone just 1-8 SU in their last 9 visits to Ball Arena.
Ja Morant has been making headlines lately for all the negative reasons, a big performance tonight and a win for his team would silence the critics a bit. Steven Adams remains out with injury, but with 3 wins on the bounce the Grizzlies are turning things around despite his absence.
It’s hard to look past the Nuggets here. They won the meeting earlier this season at Ball Arena by double-digits, only 4 teams have come out of Denver with a win this season. Take Jokic and co. to dominate here.
Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions & Odds
Each of the two meetings earlier this season were decided by stellar defense of the home team. Memphis scored just 91 in their visit to Denver, while the Nuggets were able to sum up only 94 at FedEx Forum a week ago. That’s been the general trend in head-to-head meetings between the two sides as 6 of the last 7 meetings have all cashed on the under. Denver has consistently gone under in games against Southwest division opponents, doing so in 14 of their last 20.
Memphis does the same vs teams from the Nuggets division, cashing on the under in 8 of their last 10 played. On the road they’ve gone under in 18 of 30 played, including 5 in a row overall. With the regular season entering it’s final 20 games, I think defenses as a whole will improve dramatically and the games will start slowing down as we get closer and closer to the postseason. If that happens tonight, we are in for a low scoring game here, so let’s go with the under.