Through 1 Quarter

Although the Memphis Grizzlies were the underdogs at tipoff, they've since taken control of the game. It's still tight after one quarter, with the Grizzlies leading 35-29 over the Denver Nuggets.

Shooting guard De'Anthony Melton has taken over for Memphis, currently boasting 14 points (40% of their total) and two dimes along with three boards. Denver has been relying on the performance of small forward Will Barton, who has 13 points in addition to three rebounds.

Who's Playing

Memphis @ Denver

Current Records: Memphis 29-26; Denver 36-20

What to Know

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets are even-steven against one another since January of 2016 (9-9), but not for long. Memphis' road trip will continue as they head to Ball Arena at 9 p.m. ET on Monday to face off against the Nuggets. Expect the scorekeeper to be kept busy: if their previous games are any indication, the Grizz and Denver will really light up the scoreboard.

You're bound to get a positive result if you outscore your opponent every quarter, and that's exactly how it played out for the Grizzlies this past Saturday. They had enough points to win and then some against the Milwaukee Bucks, taking their contest 128-115. Shooting guard Grayson Allen was the offensive standout of the game for Memphis, shooting 7-for-10 from downtown and finishing with 26 points.

Meanwhile, everything went Denver's way against the Houston Rockets this past Friday as they made off with a 128-99 victory. The matchup was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 69-49. Center Nikola Jokic continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, dropping a double-double on 29 points and 16 rebounds along with seven assists.

Memphis is expected to lose this next one by 7.5. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a four-game streak of ATS wins.

The wins brought the Grizz up to 29-26 and the Nuggets to 36-20. The Grizzlies are 14-14 after wins this year, Denver 22-13.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ball Arena -- Denver, Colorado
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Nuggets are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Grizzlies, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nuggets as a 6.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Denver and Memphis both have nine wins in their last 18 games.

  • Mar 12, 2021 - Denver 103 vs. Memphis 102
  • Jan 28, 2020 - Memphis 104 vs. Denver 96
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Denver 119 vs. Memphis 110
  • Nov 17, 2019 - Denver 131 vs. Memphis 114
  • Jan 28, 2019 - Denver 95 vs. Memphis 92
  • Dec 10, 2018 - Denver 105 vs. Memphis 99
  • Nov 07, 2018 - Memphis 89 vs. Denver 87
  • Mar 17, 2018 - Memphis 101 vs. Denver 94
  • Mar 02, 2018 - Denver 108 vs. Memphis 102
  • Jan 12, 2018 - Denver 87 vs. Memphis 78
  • Nov 24, 2017 - Denver 104 vs. Memphis 92
  • Feb 26, 2017 - Memphis 105 vs. Denver 98
  • Feb 01, 2017 - Memphis 119 vs. Denver 99
  • Nov 08, 2016 - Memphis 108 vs. Denver 107
  • Mar 30, 2016 - Denver 109 vs. Memphis 105
  • Feb 29, 2016 - Memphis 103 vs. Denver 96
  • Jan 21, 2016 - Memphis 102 vs. Denver 101
  • Jan 08, 2016 - Memphis 91 vs. Denver 84

Injury Report for Denver

  • Monte Morris: Out (Hamstring)
  • Jamal Murray: Out for the Season (Knee)

Injury Report for Memphis

  • Justise Winslow: Game-Time Decision (Quadriceps)
  • Brandon Clarke: Game-Time Decision (Hip)
  • De'Anthony Melton: Game-Time Decision (Leg)
  • Jonas Valanciunas: Out (Concussion)
  • Dillon Brooks: Out (Thigh)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr.: Out (Knee)