Last night after a disappointing loss to the Lakers, the Nuggets hopped on a plane back home to the Mile High City where they will be facing the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. The Grizzlies are having an impressive season at 29-21 overall. The Nuggets, however, have been hot-handed since their return from London in mid-January.
In our last meeting against the Grizzlies, the Nuggets had a disappointing 108-107 loss in Memphis. The Nuggets shot 50% from the field, had 39 rebounds, 22 turnovers, and 24 assists. The Grizzlies shot 51.2% from the field, had 32 boards, 14 turnovers, and 29 assists.
A huge key to tonight’s game is to hold on to the ball and not have silly turnovers. If Denver had not had 22 turnovers in our last matchup, the Nuggets would have realistically gotten the W. Another thing that the Nuggets need to do tonight is to dominate the paint. In our last meeting, we only had 34 points in the paint, while Memphis had 58 paint points. Ball movement and strong defense will also be key in tonight’s game.
The Nuggets, who are finally above .500 at home, are 12-11, while the Grizzlies are 13-12 on the road.
Nuggets Stats: Grizzlies Stats:
FG%: 46.3 FG%: 43
RPG: 46.5 RPG: 43.5
APG: 24.2 APG: 20.7
Last 10: 7-3 Last 10: 5-5
Keys to the game, courtesy of @SeanMEnglish:
- While the Nuggets have a potent offense, the Grizzlies are 4th in team defensive efficiency. Do not let them slow down the game.
- Last meeting between these two, the Grizzlies leading scorer was Vince Carter. The Nuggets will be alright if they don’t let Mike Conley or Marc Gasol beat them.
- Late game execution: the Nuggets record could very well be flip-flopped if they could close out games. Last time out against the Grizzlies, the Nuggets were not strong down the stretch, eventually losing on a Gasol tip in. If a lead presents itself, hold on.
Will Barton (ankle) doubtful
Nikola Jokic (hip) OUT
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) questionable
Wilson Chandler (neck/shoulder) probable
Kenneth Faried (hamstring) probable
No Injured Players