Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/20/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/20/22
Tue 20th December 2022

The Memphis Grizzlies (19-10, 6-8 Away) are on the road to face the Denver Nuggets (18-11, 9-3 Home) Tuesday in a game that could see a lot of points. Memphis dropped their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-109 at Paycom Center on Saturday.

Dillon Brooks led the way in the loss with 32 points. The Grizzlies are the first seed in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver won their third straight home game on Sunday at Ball Arena, beating the Charlotte Hornets 119-115.

Nikola Jokic had a triple double with 40 points, 27 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead the team. The Nuggets are two games behind the Grizzlies in the Western Conference, currently sitting in third. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.

Memphis won three out of four games between the teams last season, although Denver won 122-109 in the last meeting at Ball Arena on April 7. Jokic led the Nuggets with 35 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. Desmond Bane had 14 points in the losing effort.

The Grizzlies have been led this season by Ja Morant, who is averaging 26.7 points per game, best in the league. Morant also has dished 7.7 assists per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Steven Adams is grabbing 10.2 rebounds.

Jokic’s 25.2 points per game have powered the Nuggets on offense. He has the No. 1 scoring average in the league. Jokic has also tallied 10.9 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game, for which he ranks first and first in the NBA, respectively.

The Grizzlies and the Nuggets are both averaging 116.2 points per game, respectively, ranking tied for second in the NBA in scoring. The Grizzlies are 3-7 in their last 10 trips to Ball Arena.

In the last 10 games, Memphis is 8-2 with an average margin of +11.4 (118.4-107.0). Denver has a 6-4 record over the last 10, scoring 118.3 points per game on average while holding opponents to 116.6 (+1.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Brandon Clarke: 21.6 | 16.3 | +5.3
Points per game:
Ja Morant: 18.0 | 26.7 | -8.7
Rebounds per game:
Ja Morant: 8.5 | 6.7 | +1.8
Steven Adams: 6.5 | 10.2 | -3.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Nikola Jokic: 59.0 | 45.2 | +13.8
DeAndre Jordan: 7.2 | 11.2 | -4.0
Points per game:
Nikola Jokic: 34.4 | 25.2 | +9.2
Rebounds per game:
Nikola Jokic: 14.8 | 10.9 | +3.9
DeAndre Jordan: 3.6 | 5.4 | -1.8
Assists per game:
Jamal Murray: 7.2 | 5.4 | +1.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Memphis Grizzlies (-105)

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