MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (14-5)
at DENVER NUGGETS (11-12)
Tip-off: Friday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Denver -1, Total: 195
The Grizzlies are trying to snap a two-game losing streak when they play the Nuggets on Friday night.
Memphis has struggled this week, losing by 10 at home to the Hawks and by two points in Phoenix. After starting the season off on a tear, it seems Memphis is starting to cool down a little bit. The Grizzlies have now lost three straight games ATS while Denver is 3-1 ATS in its past four contests. The last time these two teams met on Nov. 19, the Nuggets came away with a 97-92 road victory.
Can the Grizzlies stop their losing skid and score a rare win in Denver? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts are surging with a collective 20-15 ATS (57%) mark in Best Bets over the past six days, and are now at 53% ATS (134-118-10) on Best Bets for the season. StatFox Gary is 15-7-1 ATS (68%) since Nov. 26 and 63.4% ATS (26-15-3) Best Bets for the year. StatFox Scott is at 57% ATS (32-24) Best Bets for the season thanks to a 4-2 ATS run, while StatFox Dave is 64% ATS (7-4) on Best Bets in the past six days. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 4-2 in the past five days and 37-20 (65%) for the season, while Gary is 14-10 (58%) in Totals since Nov. 24.
The Grizzlies started off November as the hottest team in the league with eight straight wins (SU and ATS), but are just 2-3 SU (1-3-1 ATS) in the month of December. A lot of those losses can be pinned on their inability to hang onto the basketball. PG Mike Conley has just nine assists and 10 turnovers in Memphis’ past two games and that is a major factor in why they lost those two contests. SF Rudy Gay has also struggled during this losing skid, averaging 19.0 PPG but shooting only 33.3% from the field. PF Zach Randolph has continued to play very well for Memphis, averaging 18.0 PPG (64% FG) and 11.5 RPG.
Denver is 5-1 SU (4-2 ATS) at home though with the lone loss coming to Miami last month. The Nuggets lost their last game Wednesday at Minnesota by a score of 108-105. They played the tempo they wanted, but they just couldn’t get stops when they needed to. PF Kenneth Faried had a monstrous 26 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. SF Danilo Gallinari is also starting to find his shot, shooting 37% from three-point range in the past five games compared to his 30% on the season. PG Ty Lawson has finally gotten himself playing at a high level like last season, averaging 20.0 PPG and 7.0 APG on 48% FG in the past five games. SG Andre Iguodala must get himself going however, as he is averaging only 8.8 PPG during that same stretch, which is way down from his season average of 13.6 PPG.