Preview: Denver At Memphis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Matchup Edge
DEN Edge in: MEM
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The Memphis Grizzlies aim for their fifth straight victory when they host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The Grizzlies are second in the Western Conference and have the third-best record in the league, and they've put together their sixth winning streak of at least four games this season. Denver snapped a seven-game skid with a 93-85 win at New Orleans on Wednesday. 

The Nuggets thumped the Grizzlies 114-85 in Denver on Jan. 3, but they've lost in their last three trips to Memphis. The Grizzlies were without big man Zach Randolph in the first meeting, but they've gone 8-2 since he returned to the lineup. Now Memphis is contending with injuries to point guard Mike Conley (wrist) and defensive stalwart Tony Allen (ankle), who are listed as questionable against the Nuggets.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (19-27): Denver stopped its skid with a strong defensive effort, holding the Pelicans to 39 percent from the field and 3-of-15 shooting from 3-point range to survive a rough night from leading scorer Ty Lawson (16.8 points, 10 assists). Lawson and backcourt mate Arron Afflalo (15.3 points) combined for 48 points in the first meeting with Memphis this season. Center Javale McGee was active Wednesday after missing the previous 26 games, but he did not play as rookie Jusuf Nurkic (6.8 points, six rebounds) has laid claim to the starting spot in his absence. 

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (33-12): Memphis has survived the injury bug thanks in part to the acquisition of swingman Jeff Green, who has averaged 12.9 points in eight games since coming over from Boston. Adding Green gives Memphis one of the best frontcourts in the league along with Randolph (17.1 points, 11.9 rebounds) and Marc Gasol (18.9 points, 8.2 rebounds). The Grizzlies also are getting solid production from shooting guard Courtney Lee (11.3 points) and reserves Vince Carter and Nick Calathes combined for 25 points in Tuesday's 109-90 win at Dallas to help make up for the injured guards.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Randolph has recorded double-doubles in 10 straight games since returning from a knee injury and 15 of his past 16 contests. 

2. Denver is 2-22 overall and 1-13 on the road when trailing after three quarters.

3. The Nuggets have won 50 of their last 51 games in which they've had at least 30 assists. 

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 103, Nuggets 95

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 19-27 W1 12-12 7-15 0-4 19-23 4-5 12-16
Memphis 33-12 W4 19-5 14-7 5-2 28-10 6-5 19-7

Last Meeting

Denver Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/3/15 MEM 85 DEN 114 114 48 51.9 85 37 43.0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN T. Lawson 25 71.4 2
MEM M. Gasol 18 46.7 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN K. Faried 13 2 11
MEM K. Koufos 9 1 8
Assists Player  
DEN T. Lawson 11
MEM N. Calathes 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN T. Lawson 785 43.8 195
MEM M. Gasol 922 50.0 240
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN K. Faried 413 144 269
MEM Z. Randolph 454 141 313
Assists Player  
DEN T. Lawson 478
MEM M. Conley 254

Quickchart Matchup

Denver  Off vs  Memphis Def
101.6 Points For
97.1 Points Against
43.7 FG%
44.5 FG%
45.4 Reb
42.6 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Denver Def
101.7 Points For
104.1 Points Against
46.6 FG%
45.2 FG%
42.6 Reb
43.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-11
-110
200.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-10.5
-110
198
Sportsbook
-110
-10.5
-110
197
5Dimes.eu
-108
-10.5
-102
197
GTBets.eu
-110
-10.5
-110
197
Top Bet
-115
-10
-110
198
BetOnline.ag
-110
-10.5
-110
197.5
BetDSI
-110
-10.5
-110
197
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
-10.5
-114
197.5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF
BookMaker.eu
-110
-10.5
-110
197
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-10
-110
197.5
Mirage
-110
-11
-120
198.5
Station
-110
-10
-110
198
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Denver Overall Memphis
19-27 W/L 33-12
19-24-3 ATS 22-21-2
19-25-2 O/U 23-20-2
101.6 Pts For 101.7
104.1 Pts Against 97.1
Denver A/H Memphis
7-15 W/L 19-5
9-12-1 ATS 11-11-2
7-14-1 O/U 12-11-1
98.4 Pts For 104.3
105.7 Pts Against 97.1