The MEMPHIS and the DENVER will both be gunning for a victory on 12/10/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES vs DENVER NUGGETS
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
|525||MEMPHIS||-1.5 (-110)||198.5 (-110)||100
TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: DENVER , MEMPHIS
Oddsmakers currently have the DENVER listed as -1.5 point favorites versus the MEMPHIS, while the game’s total is sitting at 198.5.
The Denver Nuggets finished a road-heavy portion of their schedule with a whimper and hope to rediscover their winning ways at home. They begin a four-game homestand, tied for the longest they’ll enjoy all season, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Denver climbed to the top of the Western Conference on the strength of a recent seven-game winning streak, which included five straight road victories, before faltering at Charlotte and Atlanta as injuries piled up and makeshift rotations struggled for consistency. “This was one of our worst performances of the year,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters after Saturday’s 106-98 loss to the lowly Hawks. “We had a lot of guys who had really bad nights. It was by far our worst passing game since I’ve been here. We couldn’t pass the ball from A to B. We couldn’t get the ball inside. It’s just a lack of discipline, lack of awareness, lack of execution. It’s a tough way to finish up a long road trip.” The Grizzlies will be attempting to bounce back from a bad loss as well after they fell 111-88 at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Memphis made just 6-of-30 3-pointers in its second-most lopsided setback of the season.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Memphis), Altitude (Denver)
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (15-10): Wayne Selden was the leading scorer for Memphis for the first time this season with 17 points against the Lakers, while star guard Mike Conley was limited to 12 on 4-of-12 shooting. The Grizzlies were outrebounded 57-36 overall and outscored by 25 points through the first three quarters in a contest that brought back memories of their 22-60 finish in 2017-18. “We’ve got to bounce back,” reserve forward JaMychal Green told the media. “We can’t play like this ever again this season. We had enough of those games last season.”
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (17-9): Guards Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (hip) were already out Saturday, forward Paul Millsap missed his first game since breaking his right big toe at Charlotte and leading scorer Jamal Murray was limited after taking a kick to the shin in the first half. “I thought this was one of the tougher games that he’s had,” Malone told reporters of Murray. “That shin has been bothering him prior to tonight. It’s one of those injuries where you try to protect it, but every kick, hit, anytime it gets touched it’s probably really, really painful for him.” Star center Nikola Jokic remains one of the few healthy key players and finished Saturday’s loss with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
1. Jokic attempted — and missed — only one shot in 26 minutes in an 89-87 loss at Memphis earlier this season.
2. Grizzlies C Joakim Noah is averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in three games since signing with the team last week.
3. Nuggets PF Juan Hernangomez recorded two straight double-doubles after having one through his first 23 games.
PREDICTION: Nuggets 104, Grizzlies 99