Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/28/13
Denver Nuggets (14-13) at Memphis Grizzlies (12-16)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -2 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The slumping Denver Nuggets look to and a five-game skid tonight when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.
The Nuggets have lost six of their last seven and will be hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss after getting trounced by the Pelicans last night by 105-89. Wilson Chandler scored a team-high 22 points, JJ Hickson added 16 while Ty Lawson had 14 points and 12 assists, but it was never going to be enough for the Nuggets who fell behind by as many as 18 in the second quarter. Denver was without Kenneth Faried for the second straight game beacuse of his list ankle sprain which meant that Timofey Mozgov kept his role as the starting center. With the loss, Denver fall to 14-14 on the season and 7-8 on the road where they've lost four of their last six.
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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were looking for a third straight win on Thursday, but were unable to hold off the Rockets despite leading by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter. Zach Randolph led the team with a monster game of 23 points, 17 rebounds and five assists but the Grizzlies lost the game in the fourth quarter when the Rockets went on a 21-5 run to turn the game on it's head and it was James Harden who made his living on the free throw line, making an amazing 22 of 25 to finish with 27 points. With the loss, Memphis fall to 12-16 on the season and 6-6 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Grizzlies are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-14 ATS n their last 18 home games.
The Nuggets have lost four of the last five in Memphis and given the form they're in, you would be a brave man to take them to win and cover. I watched them play against the Pelicans last night and they're just not as threatening on the offensive as they were just a couple weeks ago and I think they'll struggle to score points again tonight. I'm taking the Grizzlies with the points at home here.