Memphis Grizzlies vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Altitude 2
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+3.5)
The Denver Nuggets (39-21) host the Memphis Grizzlies (30-28) at Ball Arena on Monday. Denver opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 223.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced off with the Portland Blazers and earned the victory with a final of 130-128 in their last game. Memphis ended the game having earned a 53.1% field goal percentage (52 out of 98) and knocked down 9 of 30 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies made 17 of 22 attempts for a percentage of 77.3%. In regard to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 33 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When discussing defense, Memphis let their opponent shoot 47.9% from the field on 46 of 96 shooting. Portland recorded 28 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, Portland snagged 50 boards (14 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Portland went 81.5% from the charity stripe by making 22 of their 27 shots. They also converted 14 out of their 35 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Ja Morant is one guy who was a factor for the game. He racked up 33 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 36:16 mins played and also collected 5 boards. Morant ended up shooting 64.7% from the field and totaled 13 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Grizzlies was Dillon Brooks. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 34:54 min on the hardwood. He finished shooting 57.9% from the floor for the game by connecting on 11-of-19 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brooks collected 3 assists.
Memphis enters this matchup with a mark of 30-28 on the year. The Grizzlies are connecting on 36.1% from downtown (650 of 1,799) and 77.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.9 points per outing (11th in the league) while connecting on 47.0% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.9 fouls per contest. As a team, Memphis is snagging 46.1 boards per game and has earned 1,576 dimes on the season, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Grizzlies are forcing 15.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.1 fouls. The Grizzlies defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.7% (891 of 1,049) and they relinquish 44.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 18th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,497 relinquished on the campaign. They are giving up 36.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 18th in the league in PPG allowed (112.5).
When they last played, the Denver Nuggets took home the win by a final score of 129-116 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Nuggets were able to pull down 35 defensive boards and 1 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in the matchup. They coughed it up 14 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Rockets committed 16 personal fouls in the game which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 81.3%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Denver knocked down 16 out of 37 tries (43.2%). In all, the Nuggets ended up going 50 out of 84 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 59.5%. The Nuggets permitted the Rockets to make 41 of their 82 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 50.0% in this contest. They finished 37.5% from downtown by going 15 of 40 and finished the game at 19 out of 28 at the free throw line (67.9%). When talking about rebounding, Denver permitted Houston to get 35 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Michael Porter Jr. ended up being a major contributor for the Nuggets in this game. He converted 13 of 21 for the game for a rate of 61.9%, and added 6 rebounds. Porter earned 39 points in his 35:45 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 assists for the game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Denver was Nikola Jokic. He ended up walking away with 12 assists in 29:01 mins played, and he put in 10 of 14 from the floor. Jokic wrapped this one up going 71.4% from the field while totaling 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Denver has a mark of 39-21 for the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nuggets are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which is ranked 2nd in basketball. Denver has totaled 6,927 points so far this year (115.5 per contest) and they pull down 44.5 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 27.2 times per contest (2nd in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest. The Nuggets are committing 18.8 fouls per contest and they go 79.4% from the charity stripe. The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in points allowed per game with 110.4. They have conceded 26.4 dimes and 41.0 rebounds per game, which is 28th and 2nd in basketball. The Denver defense gives up 36.2% on 3-pointers (774 of 2,140) and their opponents are connecting on 77.7% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.0% from the field (21st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver (-3.5)
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