Game Preview: Nuggets-Grizzlies

Denver faces Memphis for second time in five days
by Aaron Lopez

After a blowout home win against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Denver Nuggets will have their hands full when they open a two-game road trip in Memphis on Friday night.

Unlike the Pelicans, the Grizzlies are fighting for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Memphis (44-31) is eighth in the West, by virtue of its tiebreaker over ninth-place Phoenix (44-31).

The Nuggets and Grizzlies are meeting for the second time in five days. Behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Zach Randolph, Memphis held on a for a 94-92 win in Denver on Monday.

The Nuggets will be looking to snap a four-game road losing streak.


WHEN: 5 p.m. MT
WHERE: FedExForum, Memphis
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (33-42)

F Quincy Miller
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

MEMPHIS (44-31)
F Tayshaun Prince
F Zach Randolph
C Marc Gasol
G Courtney Lee
G Mike Conley

Wilson Chandler (groin), Danilo Gallinari (knee), J.J. Hickson (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (knee) are out.
MEMPHIS: Quincy Pondexter (foot) is out.

The Nuggets have played well in Memphis in recent years, having won nine of the last 18 meetings at FedExForum since 2004-05, including six of the last 13 . . . Denver has won 16 of the last 24 games overall against Memphis . . . The Nuggets have has won the series six times in the last eight years . . . Memphis forward Zach Randolph is the last Nuggets individual opponent to register a 20/20 game during the regular season; he had 32 points and 24 rebounds at Memphis on 12/20/09.