At 8:00 ET, the Bulls (-224) will travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies (+182). Chicago is currently favored by 5.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 214.

Both teams come into this non-conference matchup struggling. The Bulls are 24-27 and 9th in the East, while the Grizzlies are 18-33 and 13th in the West. Memphis has lost six straight games.


The Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +5.5

This game will be played at FedExForum at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-107 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Our projections have DeMar DeRozan finishing with DeMar DeRozan points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bulls finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 10 threes.

Will Chicago Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?

In their last game, the Bulls picked up a 129-123 win over the Timberwolves. They were 5.5-point underdogs going into the game. The combined scoring total of 252 points was well above the O/U line of 217.

This season, the Bulls have an O/U record of 26-24-1, and their games have averaged a combined 224.2 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 214, and Chicago has seen 47 of their games with higher O/U lines than that.

Against the spread, the Bulls are 26-24 this season, and they have covered the spread in their last two road games. As the favorite, they are 12-11 ATS on the road and 15-9 straight-up.

Chicago’s win over Minnesota improved their overall record to 24-27, which is currently 9th in the Eastern Conference. In the Central Division, they are in 4th place. On the road, the Bulls are 9-15.

When it comes to scoring, the Bulls are 25th in the league with 111.4 points per game. However, their scoring average is slightly higher on the road at 110.6 compared to 112.1 at home.

So far this season, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in 37.3% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 23rd in the league at 46%.

Chicago has been one of the better teams at getting to the free-throw line, averaging 21.1 attempts per game. They are also 8th in offensive rebounds, but just 28th in assists.

This season, the Bulls defense has been impressive, holding the 11th position in the league while permitting an average of 112.8 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 55.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.9% of their three-point attempts.

Will the Grizzlies Make it Happen at Home?

As the underdog, the Grizzlies have lost six straight games and have gone 12-26 as the underdog this season. Today, they are getting 5.5 points against the Bulls. In their games as the underdog, Memphis has an average scoring differential of -8.3 points per game.

In their last game against the Knicks, the Grizzlies lost by a score of 123-113. However, they covered the spread as 14.5-point underdogs. The O/U line for that game was 212.5 points, and the teams combined for 236 points.

This season, the Grizzlies have an O/U record of 21-29-1, and their games have averaged 220.3 points per game. In their last two games, the Grizzlies’ games have gone over the posted O/U line.

Overall, the Grizzlies are 18-33 this season, which puts them in 13th place in the Western Conference. In the West, they are 12-23 and 6-6 against other teams in the Southwest Division.

At home, the Grizzlies are 8-15 against the spread, and their average scoring differential is -7.3 points per game. On the road, they are 16-12 ATS with an average scoring differential of -5.3 points per game.

At 43%, the Grizzlies are the least accurate shooting team in the league. They are also 30th in scoring at just 107 points per game. Interestingly, Memphis is 15th in pace at 98.6 possessions per game.

When playing at home, the Grizzlies are averaging just 104.4 points per game. For the season, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 21.6% of their games.

From beyond the arc, Memphis is 28th in three-point shooting at 34%. However, they are 5th in three-point attempts at 39.2 per game. In terms of assists, the Grizzlies are 24th in the league.

Coming into the game, the Grizzlies defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 43.1% of their games. Currently, they are 13th in the NBA at 113.3 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 53.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.9% of their three-point attempts.