Since returning from the All Star Break with the team as healthy as it had been in months, the Denver Nuggets are 4-1— with only a one-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers as the blemish— and have looked like the playoff team that they were playing like for much fo the season before a rash of injuries momentarily derailed the season. On Sunday they'll clash with the likewise resurgent Memphis Grizzlies, a team that they will likely be tussling with for playoff position all season.
Memphis is 11-4 over their last 15 games, having adjusted to life without star power forward Zach Randolph, including a one-point victory over the Nuggets. The team has been carried by center Marc Gasol, who is averaging 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on the season, both of which are career highs. In that aforementioned loss to Memphis, Denver worked back from a 20-point deficit thanks to a huge game from Corey Brewer to take a lead with seconds left in the game. But on Memphis' final possession, Grizzlies power forward Dante Cunningham, left unbodied by an unsuspecting Kenneth Faried, tipped in a missed Rudy Gay jumper at the buzzer to give Memphis a one-point victory.