The Chicago Bulls (13-44) can snap an 11-game home losing streak when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies (23-35) at United Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 203 points with Chicago set as a 1.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and it can be seen on WGN Channel 9.
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls Odds Preview
The Grizzlies lost a tough one against the San Antonio Spurs in their last game, 108-107. With 33 points on 15-for-21 shooting, Avery Bradley was the top scorer from either team. San Antonio did a fantastic job of making free throws (23-29; 79.3 percent). Memphis, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.539 vs. 0.494). The two teams combined to score 215 points, which finished just over the projected point total of 214.5.
The last time the Bulls were in action, they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-99, and failed to cover as 11.5-point underdogs. With 20 points and 17 rebounds, Lauri Markkanen put together a good game for Chicago. Milwaukee did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (24-29; 82.8 percent). Chicago, on the other hand, forced the Bucks into a turnover percentage of 15.5 (above their season average of 11.9). The two squads collectively scored 211 points, which finished well under the O/U total of 227.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the league’s slowest-paced teams face off. Chicago ranks 22nd in possessions per game (101.2) and Memphis is 30th (97.6).
Both of these teams tend to finish under the O/U total. Memphis games have gone under 63.2 percent of the time, while games featuring Chicago have gone under 57.9 percent of the time. The Grizzlies have the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (23-35 vs. 13-44), but both teams have similar against the spread (ATS) records. Memphis is 25-31-1 ATS, while Chicago is 24-31-2 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Bulls won both meetings last season. In the last matchup, Chicago won 111-110. The Bulls played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.325 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.531. For those same stats, the Grizzlies were 0.241 and 0.511, respectively.
Grizzlies at Bulls Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Under
The Grizzlies rank second in points allowed in the paint per game (41.3) while the Bulls rank 12th (48.1).
Memphis ranks eighth in points off turnovers per game (17.9) while Chicago ranks 14th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.9).
Memphis ranks fifth in second chance points allowed per game (11.5) while Chicago ranks 14th (13.5).
Memphis ranks 25th in three pointers attempted per game (27.4) while Chicago ranks 27th (26.7).
On the road, Memphis is 11-17-1 ATS with 20 unders and 9 overs.
At home, Chicago is 10-18 ATS with 18 unders and 10 overs.
Chicago is 8-5 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Memphis is 13-6.
The Grizzlies are 14-12 when they score more than 100 points, while the Bulls are 9-26.
The Grizzlies average 8.5 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Bulls rank 13th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Memphis ranks fourth in blocks per game (5.7) while Chicago ranks 24th (4.5).
The Grizzlies rank fourth in assists allowed per game (22.9) while the Bulls rank 21st (25.1).
The Bulls rank 20th in fast break points per game (11.5) while the Grizzlies rank 24th in fast break points allowed per game (14.9).
Memphis ranks 12th in rebounds allowed per game (44.4) while Chicago ranks 26th (46.8).
Chicago is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its past five games, Memphis is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Bulls’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Grizzlies have scored an average of 101.0 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 101.0 points per game (2.5 below their season average).