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Memphis favored by -2 against Denver on Saturday

Denver NuggetsMemphis Grizzlies
14-14December 28, 2013, 08:00 | FedExForum12-16

FedExForum will feature Grizzlies vs. Nuggets action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Grizzlies are 12-16 so far on the season, and 8-19-1 ATS vs. the number. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are 14-14 and 12-15-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 14-14 and the Nuggets go 10-18 on the totals.

View Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Grizzlies sat as -2-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 192.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Grizzlies and the No. 10-ranked Nuggets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 90-87 result in favor of the Nuggets.

Last time out for Denver, they were a 105-89 loser as they battled the Pelicans on the road. The Nuggets failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 194 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Denver got 22 points from Wilson Chandler but lost anyway 105-89 against the Pelicans on Friday at New Orleans Arena.

In their last action, Memphis was a 100-92 loser on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (192) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Zach Randolph scored 23 points and added 17 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 100-92 against Houston in NBA action at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 93.89 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 13 at 100.32 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 44.68% so far, more than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 43.91% per game.

Next up:
Denver home to Miami, Monday, December 30th
Memphis home to Chicago, Monday, December 30th