In this battle between two of the three worse team of each conference, the third-worse in the East Chicago Bulls (13-44), who have won only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the second-worse in the West Memphis Grizzlies (23-35), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 02-13-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Bulls -1.5
Chicago Bulls have a 13-44 record (24-32-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Bucks with a 99-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.1 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 18.4 ppg and 8.7 boards per game.
Memphis Grizzlies have a 23-35 record (26-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Spurs with a 107-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jonas Valanciunas with 23 ppg, adding a team high 10 boards per game. He is followed by Avery Bradley with 20.5 ppg, 3.5 boards and 4 dimes per game.
Bulls won both games against the Grizzlies last season (at home by 9 points and on the road by one). Bulls have a 5-23 home record, while the Grizzlies are 9-20 on the road. Bulls are better offensively, scoring 102.8 ppg to Grizzlies’ 100.4, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.5 ppg to Bulls’ 111.6. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (45% to 44.9%), while Bulls have a better 3-point percentage (35.3% to 33.8%). They are also better in boards grabbed (42.1 to 40.6), while Grizzlies are better both in dimes made (23.5 to 21.9) and in turnovers committed (13.3 to 13.9). It is going to be a close game and expect the home court advantage to be a major factor. Vegas odds give the Bulls a -1.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win tonight.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Chicago Bulls -1.5 (-111)
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