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Grizzlies take on Nuggets in hoops contest

Memphis GrizzliesDenver Nuggets
14-17January 03, 2014, 09:00 | Pepsi Center14-17

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Grizzlies travelling to Denver Friday to face the Nuggets on Friday.

Denver will face the 14-17 Grizzlies, who own a 10-20-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Nuggets are 12-19 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Grizzlies are 16-15 favoring the OVER.

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Denver Nuggets Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Nuggets in this one, they were listed earlier as -4.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 191.5 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Nuggets and the No. 17-ranked Grizzlies, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 90-89 result in favor of the Nuggets.

Last time out for Memphis, they were a 99-91 winner as they battled the Suns on the road. The Grizzlies covered in the match as a 5-point underdog, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Zach Randolph scored 20 points and chipped in with 15 rebounds for Memphis on Thursday, leading the Grizzlies to a 99-91 victory over Phoenix at US Airways Center.

Denver was a 114-102 loser in its last match at home against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 216 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Denver suffered a 114-102 loss against Philadelphia on Wednesday, getting 19 points from J.J. Hickson in a losing effort at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Grizzlies rank No. 18 in the league with 42.9 per game. That compares with Denver’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Denver is the NBA’s No. 19-ranked team at 7.26 per game, while the Grizzlies rate No. 30 with 4.81 per contest.

Next up:
Memphis at Detroit, Sunday, January 5th
Denver at Los Angeles, Sunday, January 5th