Will Nikola Jokic Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/12/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives up court after intercepting a pass against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


The Denver Nuggets take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. For the Nuggets, they have been struggling to replicate their form from last year. However, the Nuggets still have the fifth seed so far. Nikola Jokic has been playing at an MVP level and has notched several triple-doubles across the season.

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Whereas, The Memphis Grizzlies have been struggling to break into a playoff spot. At the moment, the Grizzlies have the ninth seed in the West. At this rate, they will have to participate in a play-in game to enter the playoffs, like last season. Ja Morant has been improving his form after a brief stint on the sidelines with an injury.

Let us take a look at the Nuggets vs the Grizzlies.

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Denver Nuggets – Team News

Feb 16, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots a three point basket against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the fourth quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets are struggling with several injuries at the moment. The Nuggets will be without Garry Harris, R.J Peyton, JaMychal Green, and Paul Millsap due to separate injury concerns. Furthermore, Markus Howard will miss the game due to COVID-19 protocol. Nikola Jokic is expected to play after his All-Star game win with Team LeBron.

Predicted Lineup: Jamal Murray, Monte Morris, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr., Nikola Jokic

Memphis Grizzlies – Team News

Jan 3, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) fight for the ball during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies are relatively unscathed through injuries. They will be without Jaren Jackson Jr., who is an important player. However, the rest of their team is fully fit, and they can field one of their strongest lineups possible. Ja Morant will be looking to build on his good form so far this season.

Predicted Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jonas Valenciunas

Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies – Prediction

Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone talks with guard Monte Morris (11) and guard Gary Harris (14) and guard Will Barton (5) during a timeout in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies are coming off a big win against the Washington Wizards. Whereas, the Nuggets will be playing their first game since the All-Star break. The Grizzlies’ momentum coming into the game could prove to be too much for the Nuggets. However, the Nuggets have more quality in their team and could put up a fight.

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Prediction: The Grizzlies beat the Nuggets thanks to Jonas Valanciunas’ continued good form.

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Who will win between the Grizzlies and the Nuggets? Both teams need the win as they make their playoff push in the second half of the season. But only one team can get the win.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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