The Chicago Bulls (24-27) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (18-33) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at FedExForum in Memphis and televised on NBCS. The Bulls are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Grizzlies are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Timberwolves. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Bulls vs Grizzlies
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
The Bulls clinched a 129-123 win over the Timberwolves in their previous game. Despite being behind at halftime 69-47, the Bulls picked up the win.
In their quest for a win against the Grizzlies, the Bulls are 24-27 this season. When facing other Eastern Conference teams, the Bulls are 14-17 and are 10-10 in non-conference games.
Chicago comes in with an overall ATS record of 26-24 so far this season. The Bulls maintain an ATS record of 11-12 on the road, while they have a 15-12 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Grizzlies were defeated by the Knicks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 123-113. While the Grizzlies lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +14.5 point underdogs. Before the game, the over/under line was 212.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
In their last ten games, the Grizzlies have gone 3-7 and have an overall record of 18-33. Against other Western Conference teams, the Grizzlies are 12-23 and are 6-10 in non-conference games.
Memphis comes in with an overall ATS record of 24-27 so far this season. As the favorite this season, Memphis is 5-8 vs. the spread while going 19-19 as the underdog.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Chicago has recorded an average of 111.4 points per game (25th) throughout 51 games games.
On offense, the Bulls are 25th in the NBA in scoring at 111.4 points per game. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 110.6 points compared to 112.1 at home.
Chicago has outscored the NBA average in just 37.3% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 27th in the league at 96.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Bulls are 23rd in field goal percentage at 46%. Inside the arc, they are 24th in two-point shooting at 52%.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
Through 51 games games, Memphis is averaging 107 points per game (30th).
At home, the Grizzlies are averaging just 104.4 points per game, which is 30th in the NBA. Overall, they are 30th in the league in scoring at 107 points per game. So far, the Grizzlies have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 21.6% of their games.
When it comes to pace, Memphis is 15th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game. So far, they are 9th in the NBA in three-pointers made, averaging 13.6 per game. However, they are just 28th in three-point shooting percentage at 34%.
Overall, the Grizzlies have struggled to score inside the arc, as they are just 29th in two-point field goal percentage. In terms of field goal percentage, Memphis is 30th in the NBA at 43%. Additionally, they are just 24th in the league in assists.
Bulls Team Defense
Currently, the Bulls’ defense holds the 11th rank in the NBA, allowing 112.8 points per game. In their previous game, the Bulls’ defense struggled against the Timberwolves, giving up 123 points on a field goal percentage of 45%.
Grizzlies Team Defense
This season, the Grizzlies’ defense is the 13th ranked defense in the NBA at 13th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 56.9% of their games. Inside the arc, the Grizzlies defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.6% and 37.9% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Bulls And Grizzlies
In today’s game, our projections have DeMar DeRozan leading the Bulls with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 22.3 points per game, along with 4.1 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Jaren Jackson Jr. to be the top scorer for the Grizzlies. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 22.1 points per game.
Bulls vs Grizzlies Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Bulls offense has averaged 111 points per game while allowing an average of 113. Chicago posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 4-5-1 ATS.
- Memphis has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 105 points per game while allowing 113. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 3-7. Their record vs the spread in these games was 7-3.
- As the betting favorite, the Bulls have an ATS mark of just 5-4-1 in their last ten games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Bulls vs. Grizzlies game, our recommendation is to take the Grizzlies at +5.5. Despite our model showing the Bulls winning 110-107, we like Grizzlies as our point-spread pick.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 214, and our model projects the Bulls and Grizzlies to reach a combined total of 217 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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