Recent Offensive Outbursts Favor the Over as Grizzlies Host Nuggets
The early game on tonight’s national TV slate features a Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies showdown that shapes up to be one of the best games of the night. The Nuggets start the second half hot, and they have been one of the better road teams in the NBA. Meanwhile the Grizzlies opened the second half on Wednesday with a resounding win over the Washington Wizards.
Online sportsbooks view the Nuggets as a slight favorite on the road, but they must see off an improving and dangerous Grizzlies team.
Denver Nuggets (21-15) vs Memphis Grizzlies (17-16), NBATV, 8:00 pm ET
Nikola, Nuggets Rolling on the Road
Tonight’s visit to Memphis marks the end of five straight road games for the Nuggets, and a 5-0 mark is on the line. Consistency has been an issue for the Nuggets this season, which is why they are fifth in the Western Conference.
Expect the Nuggets to produce tonight. They shoot nearly 40 percent from three and average 116.2 points per game on the road. In their win streak, they are averaging 121.3 points per game. Nikola Jokic has two triple-doubles during the streak and was three total assists from having four in four. Jokic is +200 at FanDuel Sportsbook to record a triple-double tonight. Those are pretty good odds given his current form.
Grizzlies Look to Build Off of Convincing Win
The Grizzlies have also been inconsistent but are also rounding into form. Wednesday’s 127-112 win over the Washington Wizards was their third in their last four games. The lone defeat was a 112-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which the Grizzlies lost on a last-second shot.
Ja Morant has had some second season ups and downs, but he is being productive right now. Morant has averaged 30.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 8.3 assists in three March games, and he had 20 points and 10 assists against the Wizards. The Grizzlies are also getting some monster play from Jonas Valanciunas, who had 29 points and 20 rebounds against the Wizards.
The Grizzlies have been much better offensively and defensively on the road than at home. But they just had one of their best home performances of the season against the Wizards, which is something to build from.
Both of these teams are to be backed with caution because of unpredictability. The Grizzlies have 12 double-digit wins and 11 double-digit losses. The Nuggets, meanwhile, have lost both home and away against both the Kings and the Wizards this season.
This one should not be short on entertainment or on scoring, however. Consensus picks overwhelmingly favor the under, and the Grizzlies do come in with six unders in their last seven games and the Nuggets with five in their last eight. But as stated above, the the Nuggets are better offensively on the road. Also, the Grizzlies are in their best offensive form of the season, averaging 124 points in their last four games.
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