Nuggets vs. Grizzlies Betting Preview (April 19, 2021)

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Dec 28, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) celebrate a score in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets might be the hottest team in the NBA despite the fact that they recently lost Jamal Murray to an ACL injury. They have won 10 of their last 12 games and have jumped all the way up to fourth in the Western Conference.

Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Grizzlies betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Grizzlies Betting Preview

Denver is being led by MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic. He is the clear favorite to win the award and even after losing Murray, the Nuggets should still be a dangerous team in the West. Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr., and Will Barton are all going to need to step up to provide some support for Jokic.

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The Grizzlies are well on their way to another play-in game this season. They were knocked out by the Trail Blazers last year in the bubble, but they are hoping to get over the hump and make it to a playoff series for the first time since 2017.

Nuggets vs. Grizzlies Odds

Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets -7.5 (-110) // Grizzlies +7.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets -305 // Grizzlies +245
  • Total: Over 226 (-113) // Under 226 (-109)

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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nikola Jokic Over 25.5 Points (-115)

Nikola Jokic is having the best scoring season of his career. He is averaging a career-high 26.1 points per game and he’s doing it on ridiculous shooting splits (.567/.422/.855).

The need for Jokic to light up the scoreboard is there now that Murray is done for the year. Porter, Gordon, and Barton are solid offensive options, but the Nuggets are going to need Jokic to carry the scoring load. If Denver is going to beat the Grizzlies on Monday night, Jokic will have to have a big game.

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Bets We Like With A Grizzlies Win

Ja Morant Over 19.5 Points (-110)

We are going from one star to another here, taking the over on Ja Morant’s points. Morant is the straw that stirs the drink for the Grizzlies. Despite the fact that he is averaging below 19.5 points this season, we still think this is a safe bet. The second-year point guard out of Murray State has gone under this number in his last four games, but we are expecting a breakout on Monday night.

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Nuggets vs. Grizzlies Pick, Prediction

We have been going all-in on the Nuggets lately and we have no plans on stopping. Even without Murray, Denver has more talent than Memphis. Add in the fact that the Nuggets are going to be playing in Denver, where they are 19-9 overall, and we think they are the right bet to cover the 7.5 points. Take the Nuggets laying the points. Load up on Nikola Jokic props as well.

Pick: Nuggets -7.5

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