The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won a game in almost two months as the Nuggets look to push their losing streak to a whopping 20 games.
January 29th against the Phoenix Suns was the last time the Grizzlies won a game and a lot of things have happened since then. Since the Grizzlies last win, things like the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl and a #16 seed beating a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament have all happened. The Grizzlies came close to a victory in their last game against the Chicago Bulls where they lost by just one, 111-110.
With a record of 18-50, the Grizzlies are actually a fairly strong home team with how poor their record is. The Grizzlies are 13-23 at home this year, which is phenomenal compared to their 5-27 record on the road. Even with the teams struggles this year they still have had strong play from star player, Marc Gasol. Gasol is averaging 17.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game so far this season. Gasol and Nikola Jokic have had some fun matchups in the past and we could be in store for another good one on Saturday night.
The Nuggets matchup against the Grizzlies is the teams first stop on their season long seven game road trip. The trip heads to Miami on Monday and then makes four more stops before it ends in Oklahoma City in just under two weeks. One of the biggest storylines from the Nuggets last game against the Pistons was what the health of Gary Harris would be like moving forward. Harris fell awkwardly in the Nuggets victory over the Pistons and had to leave the game early. The good news for Nuggets fans is that everything came back clear and it doesn’t seem as if Harris is going to miss a significant amount of time.
Gary Harris is officially questionable after his scary fall last night against the #Pistons.
It's a good sign that a day later Harris is questionable and not out.
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) March 16, 2018
McBride also reported that Harris’ MRI came back clean and just identified a small ligament sprain/strain in his knee. This was the best news the Nuggets could have got as Harris has been the teams MVP this season and is a player the team desperately needs to have on their seven game road trip. Harris leads the Nuggets in points per game at 17.7 and is shooting an impressive 48.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. The Nuggets may be able to get by without Harris against the Grizzlies, but the team certainly needs him for every game remaining on the trip.
With Harris’ potential absence on Saturday night, look for the other two players of the Nuggets core to step up and have a strong game, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Jokic is averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game and is coming off a game where he recorded his eighth triple-double of the season. Murray is averaging 16.4 points per game and is second on the team in three-point percentage at 38.8. Murray’s found his offense as of late and will look to give the Nuggets an offensive spark in Harris’ potential absence vs. the Grizzlies.
Stay tuned to Dig In Denver and find out if the Nuggets were able to take care of business in Memphis.