Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies – NBA April 12

Bulls at Grizzlies Betting Predictions | 9:00 PM ET

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Bulls +2.5 (-110) +115 O 228.5 (-110)
Grizzlies -2.5 (-110) -135 U 228.5 (-110)

The 22-30 Bulls travel to Memphis to take on the 26-25 Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum on Monday night. Both teams enter this matchup on two-game losing streaks, with Chicago falling to the lowly Timberwolves on Sunday, 121-117, despite being four-point favorites. Memphis also was in action on Sunday, falling to the Pacers at home 132-125.

These two teams will meet again in Chicago on Friday to close out the season series. But with their last head-to-head matchup being on Dec. 4, 2019, there is not a lot of familiarity between these two clubs.

Chicago Bulls LogoThe Bulls are led by first-time All-star guard Zach Lavine, who averages 27.6 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 5 apg. Lavine had 50 points against the Hawks on Friday night and has emerged as one of the best scoring guards in the league this season. He shoots over 50% from the floor and better than 41% from the three-point range.

The Bulls will need a big night from Lavine and its key trade deadline acquisition, center Nikola Vucevic, if they hope to pull the short upset Monday night. Vucevic has added a post presence that was clearly missing from the Bulls prior to the All-Star break. 

Memphis Grizzlies Logo 101x101The Grizzlies are led by sophomore standout Ja Morant, who averages 19 points and 7.3 assists per game. Morant has averaged 22.6 points in his past three games, shooting over 50% from the field in each contest.

Memphis will have to rely heavily on center Jonas Valanciunas to slow down the two-time All-Star in Vucevic. But Vucevic will have to slow him, too, as Valanciunas is fresh off a dominant offensive performance of his own against Indiana in which he poured in 34 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. 

This a game between two teams teetering on the fringe of postseason contention, when every game is so meaningful toward deciding whether or not you will be playing in the postseason. The Bulls are 3-7 in their last 10 games and cannot seem to right the ship as their freefall down the Eastern Conference standings continues.

  • The Grizzlies are 5-5 in their last 10 games, which has them positioned in the eighth seed in the more competitive Western Conference.
  • The Grizzlies have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games and are playing their best basketball of the season.
  • The Grizzlies have covered 59% of the games they have been favored in so far this season, and that trend should continue Monday night.

Back the short home favorite in Memphis to cover the 2.5-point spread.

The Bet
Memphis Grizzlies -2.5

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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