The Memphis Grizzlies host the Chicago Bulls at FedEx Forum on Monday afternoon in a cross-conference showdown. The Grizzlies are 30-15 with 11 wins in the last 12 games. The Bulls are 27-15 this season but enter on a three-game losing streak. Dillon Brooks (ankle) and Killian Tillie (protocols) are out for the Grizzlies. Zach Lavine (knee), Lonzo Ball (knee), Alex Caruso (reconditioning), Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) and Patrick Williams (wrist) are out for the Bulls.
Memphis is listed as an 8.5-point home favorite at Caesars Sportsbook for this 3:30 p.m. ET tipoff on MLK Day. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 225 in the latest Bulls vs. Grizzlies odds. Before making any Grizzlies vs. Bulls picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Bulls vs. Grizzlies, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Grizzlies vs. Bulls:
- Bulls vs. Grizzlies spread: Grizzlies -8.5
- Bulls vs. Grizzlies over-under: 225 points
- Bulls vs. Grizzlies money line: Grizzlies -360, Bulls +285
- CHI: The Bulls are 11-9 against the spread in road games
- MEM: The Grizzlies are 14-11 against the spread in home games
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Why the Bulls can cover
Chicago’s offense is highly effective, and that provides an impressive overall baseline. The Bulls are scoring more than 1.12 points per possession, a top-five mark in the NBA, and Chicago is No. 2 in the NBA in field-goal percentage (47.5 percent) and No. 1 in the NBA in 3-point percentage (38.6 percent). Overall, the Bulls are No. 3 in the league in shooting efficiency, including an elite free-throw shooting mark of 81.1 percent.
Chicago is averaging more than 24 assists per game with 13.9 fast-break points and only 13.1 turnovers per contest. From there, the Bulls have a few edges on defense against a Grizzlies team that is in the bottom 10 of the NBA in 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage. Chicago is No. 7 in 3-pointers allowed (11.5 per game) while allowing only 23.9 assists per game and generating 14.2 turnovers per contest.
Why the Grizzlies can cover
Memphis is tremendous on offense, scoring more than 1.11 points per possession. The Grizzlies lead the NBA in several categories, including points in the paint, fast-break points and second-chance points, but Memphis is also highly effective on defense. The Grizzlies are holding opponents to 108.1 points per 100 possessions, a top-10 mark in the NBA, and Memphis leads the NBA in steals (10.1 per game) and blocks (6.3 per game).
The Grizzlies are No. 6 in the league in creating turnovers, forcing 15.4 per game, and Memphis is allowing opponents to shoot only 51.3 percent on 2-point attempts. Memphis is in the top five of the NBA in second-chance points allowed (12.0 per game), with the Bulls entering at No. 28 in the league in offensive rebound rate. The Grizzlies are also in the top 10 of the league in points allowed in the paint (44.7 per game), and Memphis has a physicality advantage against almost any opponent.
How to make Grizzlies vs. Bulls picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 220 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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