Memphis Grizzlies (31-16) vs. Denver Nuggets (23-20)
January 21, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Denver Nuggets -3.5; Over/Under: +219
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The Memphis Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Ball Arena on Friday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been in great shape as they’ve won 12 of their past 14 games overall, but they will be aiming to bounce back in this one after coming up short against the Bucks in a 126-114 road loss on Wednesday. Ja Morant led the team with 33 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 29 points with nine rebounds and four blocks while Brandon Clarke chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 41 percent from the field and nine of 40 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep up right from the start and scored just 17 points in the second quarter to trail by 14 points at halftime. Steven Adams had a quiet game of just four points on two of eight shooting, while Ziaire Williams scored 10 points on four of 11 shooting in a rare start.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in fine form as they’ve won five of their past seven games and they will be hoping to stay hot after outlasting the Clippers in a 130-128 overtime home win on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic led the team with a monster triple-double of 49 points with 14 rebounds and 10 assists, Aaron Gordon added 28 points on 10 of 16 shooting while Monte Morris chipped in with 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 49 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they clawed their way back from an early 15-point deficit to force overtime where they escaped on a clutch 3-pointer from Gordon to give the Nuggets the lead with just 2.2 seconds remaining.
Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall, the Grizzlies are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Denver and the Grizzlies are 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
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The Grizzlies will again be shorthanded as Desmond Bane, Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones are still out, while the Nuggets will be without JaMychal Green and the newly acquired Bryn Forbes. The Grizzlies are coming into this game with plenty of confidence despite getting blown out in their last outing, but they’re up against an improving Nuggets team who have Jokic fresh off a monster triple-double. You can make an argument for either side here as they are two of the hottest teams in the league, but the Grizzlies are 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and I think they can take this one down to the wire.