Nuggets vs Grizzlies NBA Preview and Prediction, 03/03/23

Nuggets vs Grizzlies NBA Preview and Prediction, 03/03/23

 

Odds

 

Time 10:00 p.m. EST
Nuggets money line -225
Nuggets spread -5 (-110)
Grizzlies money line +195
Grizzlies spread +5 (-110)
Over / under 234

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Denver Nuggets Memphis Grizzlies
Record 44-19 38-23
Road / home record 28-4 12-18
Streak W2 W3
Points per game 117.00 115.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 112.00
Rebounds per game 48.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 41.00
Over / under record 31-31-1 25-34-2
 

Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies will face off against the Denver Nuggets in a highly-anticipated game on Friday night. The Grizzlies are seeking their fourth straight win, while the Nuggets, who currently have the best record in the NBA at home, are looking to continue their dominance on their home court. This will be the third time these two teams have met this season, with the Grizzlies winning the last matchup 112-94 on February 26th. With both teams having top players and impressive records, this game is sure to be a thrilling battle.

 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have had a good season so far, winning 42 games and losing 18. They are currently sitting atop the Western Conference standings. The Nuggets have a talented team with star player Nikola Jokic leading the way. Jokic has been outstanding this season, averaging 24.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game. Jamal Murray has also been playing well, averaging 16.7 points per game over the last ten games.

The Nuggets are one of the best shooting teams in the league, especially from beyond the arc. They are shooting 39.2% from three-point range this season, which is the best in the Western Conference. Their three-point shooting could be a significant factor in their game against the Grizzlies.

INJURIES: The Nuggets also have four players on their injury list, with Aaron Gordon day-to-day with a rib injury, Collin Gillespie out with a leg injury, Zeke Nnaji day-to-day with a shoulder injury. 

Jokic has been one of the best players in the league this season and has been the driving force behind the Nuggets' success. His excellent scoring, rebounding, and playmaking abilities make him one of the toughest players to defend in the NBA. DeAndre Jordan will be another player to watch out for. He has been shooting 100.0% from three-point range this season and has been an important player for the Nuggets. His shooting abilities could prove to be crucial in the game against the Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies have been on a hot streak lately, winning their last three games, including a 116-106 victory against the Miami Heat. They currently hold the second spot in the Western Conference standings, just behind the Nuggets. Led by the young superstar Ja Morant, the Grizzlies have been impressive on both ends of the court this season. Morant has been on fire lately, averaging 27.1 points, six rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game, and has been the driving force behind the Grizzlies' success.

In addition to Morant, the Grizzlies have several other key players who have contributed to the team's success this season. One of those players is Desmond Bane, who has been averaging 19.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 51.6% from the field over the last 10 games. Other key contributors for the Grizzlies include Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, and Kyle Anderson, who have all been solid on both ends of the court.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies have been scoring an average of 111.6 points per game, which is the 14th highest in the NBA. They are shooting 47.1% from the field and 35.9% from beyond the arc, which places them in the middle of the pack in terms of offensive efficiency. However, their solid ball movement and unselfish play have helped them become one of the most well-rounded teams in the league.

On the defensive end, the Grizzlies have been allowing an average of 107.5 points per game, which is the ninth lowest in the NBA. They have been averaging 9.1 steals and 6.6 blocks per game, which are both top-5 in the league. Their strong defensive play has been anchored by Steven Adams, who is averaging 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and Dillon Brooks, who has been one of the best perimeter defenders in the league this season.

Overall, the Grizzlies have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season, with their young and talented core leading the way. They will face a tough challenge against the Nuggets, who have been dominant at home this season and currently hold the best record in the NBA in their own arena.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver's last 11 games.

Denver are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

Denver are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games against Memphis.

Denver are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against Memphis.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 9 games when playing on the road against Memphis.

Memphis are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis' last 14 games.

Memphis are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis' last 6 games against Denver.

Memphis are 17-3 SU in their last 20 games at home.

 

Prediction

This matchup between the Nuggets and the Grizzlies is a highly anticipated one, with two of the top teams in the Western Conference facing off. The Grizzlies have won their last three games and are playing well, but the Nuggets are the best team in the league at home, with a record of 27-4 at the Ball Arena. The Nuggets are also coming off a win against the Mavericks, and they have been playing solid basketball over their last 10 games, with a record of 7-3.

The Grizzlies have a talented roster, with players like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Dillon Brooks all capable of making big plays. However, the Nuggets have a more experienced team, with players like Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. leading the way. The Nuggets also have a better record in conference games, with a record of 31-12, compared to the Grizzlies' record of 20-16.

The Nuggets are currently favored to win by a 5-point spread, and we predict they will not only win but cover the spread. The Nuggets have the best record in the NBA at home, and they have lost only 4 games at the Ball Arena all season. They have also been playing solid basketball over their last 10 games, and they have a more experienced roster than the Grizzlies. While the Grizzlies have been playing well, we think the Nuggets will be too much for them to handle on Friday night.

 

PICK: Nuggets -5 (-110)

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