The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball throughout April 16. Eleven matchups will be up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a huge win in this one. This game will tip of at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Memphis has earned a record of 27-26 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have a two game lead on the eleventh seed, which they need to keep to stay in the playoffs. Memphis is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won five of their last eight. The Grizzlies will look to keep this up in this matchup.
The Bulls have put up a record of 22-32 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Chicago has a one game lead on the Raptors and Wizards as they try to avoid falling out of the final playoff spot. The Bulls have lost four games in a row and will look to bounce back on Friday night.
These two teams are sitting in playoff spots so far this season, which should lead to a good game on Friday night. Chicago has been a bit worse throughout this season and will need to pick up their play if they want to hold on to the final playoff spot. The Grizzlies are not comfortable either and will look to create some space with a much needed win in this one.
The Grizzlies and the Bulls met up twice throughout last season. Memphis hosted the first game on October 25. Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough. Zach LaVine finished with 37 points, while Coby White put up 25 points off the bench. Chicago was able to pull off a 110-102 upset on the road.
Chicago hosted the second game of the season series on December 4. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies came up short again. Zach LaVine dropped 25 points on the night, while Wendell Carter Jr. scored 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulls starting lineup combined for 79 points as Chicago earned a 106-99 win at home.
The first game of this season’s series was in Memphis on April 12. Zach LaVine finished with 21 points, while Thaddeus Young scored 20 points. It was not enough for the Bulls though. Jonas Valanciunas dropped 26 points and 14 rebounds. Dillon Brooks added 17 points to help propel the Grizzlies to a 101-90 win on the night.
These two teams have met up three times throughout this season and last. The Bulls were able to sweep the season series last season, but Memphis earned a win in the first game of this season’s series. Chicago will look to bounce back with this one at home. Both teams will look to control the paint early to grab a much needed win on Friday night.
Field Goal Shooting
Memphis has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Grizzlies have made around 46.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. Memphis has also been shooting 35.8 percent from deep, which is 19th in the league. The Grizzlies have sunk 77.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 17th in the NBA.
The Bulls have been strong shooting from the field this season. Chicago has drained around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Bulls have shot 36.9 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the NBA. Chicago has made 80.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 7th in the league.
Chicago has the edge shooting the ball throughout this season, but the Grizzlies have the edge on defense. Memphis has held opposing teams to a 46.7 percent from the field, which is 16th in the league. The Bulls have allowed their opponents to make 47.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the NBA. Chicago’s defense needs to step up if they want to end this losing streak.
Ja Morant has helped lead the Grizzlies so far this season. Morant has averaged 19 points and 7.5 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds per game. Dillon Brooks has averaged 16.5 points per game, while Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen are both averaging 11 points per game this season.
Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic have both played well together since Vucevic came at the deadline. LaVine has averaged 27.5 points per game. Vucevic is averaging 22.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 15 points per game, while Coby White is averaging 14 points. Thaddeus Young has averaged 12 points per game to help round out the lineup.
These two teams have a nice spread of young scoring, which should make this a good game to watch. Memphis is without Jaren Jackson Jr. and De’Anthony Melton, which might hurt them a bit. The Bulls are healthy and will look to come out hot in this one. If Chicago can get their offense going quickly in this one, I think they can knock off the Grizzlies.
These two teams are in the middle of the playoff race, which should make this a great game to catch on Friday night. Memphis has been much better as of late, but I think the Bulls can end their losing streak at home on Friday. Chicago has the better offense and deeper scoring, which I think can help them outlast the Grizzlies in this one.
BetOnline has this game listed as a pick for both teams against the spread. This implies that either team could win this game on Friday night. I agree with this lines as either team could step up and take this one. I think Chicago has the edge with how they are built against this Grizzlies team. As a pick at home, I like the value on the Bulls to win this game.