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Denver NuggetsMemphis Grizzlies
Dec 29, 8:00 PM | FedExForum

Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds

17-14TEAM RECORD18-8

The visiting Nuggets hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at FedExForum against the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies bring a 18-8 record (15-10-1 ATS) to the battle against the 17-14 Nuggets, who are 19-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 11-15 so far and the Nuggets go 17-14. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Grizzlies installed as 5.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 194.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 3-rated Grizzlies and the No. 6-rated Nuggets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-100 win for the Grizzlies on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 95.7 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 25 at 100.6 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 43.8% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.7% per game.

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 24-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.6 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.

The Nuggets were a 106-85 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. The battle between the Nuggets and Mavericks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Dallas was handed a 106-85 defeat on Friday at American Airlines Center.

Memphis lost its last outing, a 99-89 result against the 76ers on December 26. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 188 combined points took the game OVER the total. Memphis suffered a 99-89 loss against Philadelphia on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Zach Randolph in a losing effort at FedExForum.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing LA Clippers are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Indiana are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

A few Nuggets at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Memphis
Denver is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Denver is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver's last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing Denver
Memphis is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis's last 9 games

Next up:
Denver home to LA Clippers, Tuesday, January 1
Memphis at Indiana, Monday, December 31