Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets
Date/Time: January 3, 9:00 p.m. EST
The Memphis Grizzlies are currently on the west coast portion of the NBA highway and hoping to get a victory when they play against the Denver Nuggets. The Grizzlies have yet to play together as a healthy unit and that is the reason that they are below .500 on the season. With many of their best players out of the lineup any win that the grizzlies can get is a good one. Beating Denver at home will be a big challenge considering that the Nuggets have one of the best home court advantages in all of basketball.
The Grizzlies will be playing in their second of back to back games as they played in Phoenix on Thursday night. Meanwhile the Nuggets will be well rested and ready to go in this big game. The Nuggets should be very focused in this game after getting trounced at home against the Philadelphia Sixers. Denver also has lost some of its Mile High mystique under first-year coach Brian Shaw, losing a fifth straight at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets were a franchise-best 38-3 at home last season.
Stretching their lead to as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter, the Sixers cruised from there while improving to 3-13 on the road, which remains one of the worst marks in the league. The Nuggets trudged off the court at intermission to a smattering of boos from a crowd that’s not accustomed to losing at home. Randy Foye was back in the starting lineup after surrendering his spot to Jordan Hamilton the last three games. Foye has been struggling with his shot, his defense and not making plays for his teammates, Shaw explained before the game. Foye wound up with 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting. The Nuggets need to start winning at home now to salvage the season.
The latest NBA betting trends show that the wagering angles will favor the road team in this game.
The Grizzlies are 38-18 against the spread (ATS) in their last 56 games playing on 0 days’ rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a losing straight up record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games when facing a team with a losing home record. The Nuggets are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games when playing against a team with a losing straight up record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Nuggets are reeling at home and the Grizzlies are not fazed by playing back to back games.
Free Pick: Memphis Grizzlies
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