the Denver Nuggets (18-11) They’re back in action tonight vs Memphis Grizzlies (10-19) Following the historical performance back-to-back The best player in the world Nikola Jokic. These two teams are the two best teams in the Western Conference, and this will set the stage for those two teams that won’t meet again until late February. With this season only being a three-game series, the winning team will be at a huge advantage going forward.
The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 games after losing two tough games on the road, and they’re still not playing at full strength with rotating players dealing with numerous bumps and bruises. However, Jokic fully declared his candidacy for Third consecutive MVP award after picking up Player of the Week No. 12. As he waited for the rest of the list to catch up, he would keep screaming.
The Grizzlies are still one of the best teams in the league over the past two seasons. They are coming out at a loss Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, but that game was mired in controversy after the star’s goalkeeper Ja Morant was sent off after interacting with a fan on the field. They’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 games with five of those wins coming in double digits, including a 41-point win over Milwaukee Bucks last Thursday.
Who: Denver Nuggets (18-11, 9-3 at home) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (19-10, 6-8 away)
Time: 8:00 pm GMT
Location: the football field
How to watch/listen: TNT and listen to Altitude Sports Radio 92.5
Competitor blog: Grizzly Bear Blues
Predicted starting lineups:
MEM: PG Ja Morant, SG Dillon Brooks, SF John Konchar, PF Jaren Jackson Jr., C Steven Adams
Religion: PG Jamal Murray, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Bruce Brown, PF Aaron Gordon, C Nikola Jokic
Injuries: Colin Gillespie (leg), Michael Porter Jr. (heel), Nikola Jokic (knee), Jamal Murray (knee), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (leg), Jeff Green (back), Desmond Bean (toe), Danny Green ( knee)
Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a standard methodology for getting rid of the Nuggets. Teams that can play at a high pace while hitting shots can get a lead on that team, and they can put that team out quickly. One of the teams that did this best was the Grizzlies. Memphis ranked 10th this season while the Nuggets ranked 20th. In general, and The Grizzlies are third in quick break points per game, but they average three fewer points per game in games they lose versus when they lose. If the Nuggets can keep them from running around so much, that works in their favour.
As the 2022 calendar draws to a close, Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon is looking to continue the best stretch of his career. Since returning from his sidelined illness in November, Gordon has averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while shooting 64.1 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from 3-point range on 11.8 and 2.8 attempts per game, respectively.. Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of the best tacklers in the league so, if Gordon can win his game, he will go a long way towards the team’s success.
There was a stretch earlier in the season when the Nuggets bench looked like they were heading towards consistent production. Recently, that has been undone, and the second unit struggles to accumulate solid minutes on a regular basis. The Grizzlies are too deep for this group to struggle tonight, and if they do, we could see the team implode or the starters forced into plenty of extra minutes.