Memphis Grizzlies (15-10) at Denver Nuggets (17-9)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -4 -- Over/Under: 200 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Pepsi Center on Monday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have lost five of their last eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Lakers in a 111-88 home loss on Saturday. Wayne Selden led the team with 17 points and four assists off the bench, Mike Conley added 12 points while Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. each had 11 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot just 40 percent from the field and a miserly six of 30 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting an uphill battle after their slow start had them trailing by 63-40 going into halftime. The Grizzlies failed to take care of the ball as they committed a total of 18 turnovers and they were outrebounded by 57-36. With the loss, Memphis dropped to 15-10 overall and 8-4 at home.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets were looking good on their seven-game win streak, but they’re suddenly looking to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Hawks in a 106-98 road loss on Saturday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Malik Beasley added 19 points off the bench while Juan Hernangomez chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Nuggets shot just 37 percent from the field and nine of 36 from the 3-point line as they jumped out to an early 15-point lead in the first quarter, but they couldn’t find their offense in the third quarter where the Hawks outscored them by 35-21 to turn the tide of the game. With the loss, Denver dropped to 17-9 overall and 8-6 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Grizzlies have been in a bit of a rut lately and they were wiped off the floor against the Lakers at home on Saturday. The Nuggets were one of the hottest teams in the league before dropping their last two in what should have been easy wins against the Hornets and the Hawks. Jamal Murray is listed as questionable for Monday, while Gary Harris, Will Barton and Paul Millsap are all listed as out which obviously hurts the depth of the Nuggets so I feel that this is a good spot for the Grizzlies who are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings against the Nuggets.