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Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/3/14

Memphis Grizzlies (14-17) at Denver Nuggets (14-17)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds


The Denver Nuggets hope to put a halt to their eight-game skid tonight when they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies have won four of their last six and are coming off an impressive 99-91 win over the surging Suns thanks to 20 [points and 15 rebounds from Zach Randolph and plenty of support from the bench. In particular Jerryd Bayless was clutch in the fourth quarter, finishing with 17 points while Ed Davis provided some unexpected production with 16 points and 11 rebounds in just 28 minutes off the bench. With the win, Memphis improve to 14-17 overall and 7-6 on the road.

Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/3/14

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Meanwhile, the Nuggets just can't buy a win these days, losing eight straight and 11 of their last 14. On Wednesday, things went from bad to worse as the Nuggets got run off the floor by the 76ers in their own building. JJ Hickson led hte team with 19 points, while Wilson Chandler added 16, but the Nuggets could never recover from a horror 44-26 second quarter where they allowed the Sixers gain the momentum and eventaully cruise to victory by 114-102. With the loss, Denver drop to 14-17 overall and 7-8 at home.

In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, while the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall.

The Nuggets have been in a world of hurt for a while now and it doesn't really seem like they're on the verge of turning things around so I'm a little surprised that they're favorites in this game. With that being said, I still think that the Nuggets have a decent shot at ending their losing streak tonight, but I'm still taking the Grizzlies with the points in this one.

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Memphis +3.5

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