NBA Betting Picks: Nuggets vs Grizzlies
- Updated: April 4, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies, as most NBA bettors at VietBet are aware, made it al all the way to the Western Conference finals last season, and have had to overcome a rough start to make themselves part of the playoff picture. On Friday night they will lock horns with the Denver Nuggets in a critical game for them that will begin at7:05 PM ET at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Memphis is 44-31 straight-up on the season, and with Dallas’ win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, that puts them into a tie for eighth place in the West with the Phoenix Suns, while the Mavs occupy, for the time being, the #7 position. The Grizzlies have not been a profitable venture for NBA betting supporters, as they have a mark of 34-40 against the points.
Denver was a playoff team last year, but after firing George Karl, they have had a difficult year of transition under first-year coach Brian Shaw. And speaking of “transition,” that is not something Shaw was interested in engaging in during the early part of the season, as he played a more deliberate game with this team. They did not respond. And frankly, they have not blown off the doors as a more up-tempo style either, although most of the player would say that is where they feel more comfortable. The Nuggets are 33-42 straight-up and 35-39 against the basketball odds.
In the NBA betting lines that have been established on this game at VietBet, the Grizzlies are laying considerable points:
Memphis Grizzlies -9
Denver Nuggets +9
Over 200.5 points -110
Under 200.5 points -110
Both of these teams have had a day of rest coming into this encounter,. and experienced disparate results in their last outing, but it was Memphis that came up very short, losing 102-88 to Minnesota, while Denver stomped all over New Orleans by a 137-107 count. Shaw had to be encouraged by the Nuggets’ 56.5% shooting in that one, while his counterpart, Dave Joerger, also a first-year head coach in the NBA, can’t be happy with the fact that the Grizzlies have permitted the last four opponents to shoot a combined 51%.
Oh by the way, one of those opponents was Denver, and perhaps that game, which took place on Sunday, is worth basketball bettors at VietBet taking a longer look at. Memphis, which does not look to make such great gains from beyond the three-point arc, made only nine attempts of that sort, but made five of them, while Denver went just 6-for-20, and even though the Nuggets hit 49% from the field, Memphis picked up 17 offensive rebounds in their 94-92 win. When the Grizzlies visited Denver on January 3, they came up short (111-108) as the Nuggets nailed almost 54% of their shots. In the season’s first meeting, just six days prior to that, Memphis cleaned up on the boards, with 19 offensive rebounds, as they pulled away 120-99.
Denver may be the team that is out of the playoff race, but at the moment these teams are moving in different directions as far as their respective performance against the NBA betting lines is concerned. While Memphis has not dropped five straight against the number, which more or less coincides with their recent lapse on defense, the Nuggets have covered nine of their last twelve games. Only three of those covers came as a favorite, so it is obvious that Denver is finding some room inside some generous pointspreads.
There is also a disparity in terms of the pace of the games these teams are accustomed to playing. Denver’s games have averaged 210 points, while Memphis’ average total is just shy of 190. The Grizzlies’ style is no secret, as they want to pound the ball inside with operatives like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, who has tallied 22 ppg against the Nuggets this season. And they do whatever they can to make their opponents work hard on offense.
As VietBet customers probably know, the Nuggets have been a banged-up team, which may offer some explanation as to why they haven’t really worked up a lot of momentum. Currently Wilson Chandler, a skilled pick-and-roll defender, is out, as is JeVale McGee. And Nate Robinson, JJ Hickson and Danilo Galinari are gone for the season.
We don’t not if this is a valuable NBA betting trend or just a bit of trivia, but the Nuggets have gone just 2-15 against the basketball odds this season on Friday nights. Maybe they all just look ahead to playing some golf on Saturdaymorning.