8:00 p.m. Central
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Fox Sports Southeast / 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
What to Watch For
The Grizzlies will have their hands full against a Nuggets team with plenty of weapons that is 7-3 in their last 10. Here’s three things to keep an eye on:
No second chances. Denver averages nearly 50 boards per game, 2nd best in the league – but young star Nikola Jokic is questionable for tonight’s game at best (at the time of writing) and sat out last night’s game with the Lakers, so the Grizzlies have a chance to beat the Nuggets at their own game. Less rebounds means less second chances, so Memphis will need to limit those to keep Denver shy of its season average 110 points per game.
Brandan Wright. The big man is no Yeti... he really, finally, exists. His 5-minute debut against Phoenix was promising (3-5 plus 2 rebounds), so lets see if he gets a slightly longer rope against Denver, and if so, what he can do with it.
Offensive Showdown. Denver has the best offense in the league since December 15th. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol have put up career-high games in the last week and are both shooting better than 40% from three on the season. I don’t think anyone is ready to call Memphis a “run and gun” team, but they seem to be more comfortable in all-offense matchups than they have been in recent years. Look for Marc and/or Mike to take ownership of this game at that end of the floor.