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Bulls vs. Grizzlies NBA Odds and Preview – January 17th, 2022

By Carlos Chacon

The Bulls have been one of the hottest teams this season. However, their performance started to decline in the past weeks. They picked up four losses in their last five games. But despite the slowdown, the Bulls remain on top of the Eastern Conference. Monday pits them against a thriving Grizzlies squad. The hosts cut off an 11-game winning streak after a tough home loss to the Mavs. This will be their final home game before hitting the road for four contests.

That said, Nitrobetting brings you a full preview of the Bulls vs. Grizzlies contest, including team and player stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions.

Bulls vs. Grizzlies Game Information

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Why Bet on the Chicago Bulls?

The Chicago Bulls are in a slump but remain a solid 111.1 points per game (eighth) average. That is a product of the team’s 47.5% shooting (second) and the best three-point shooting average in the league right now at 38.6%. They are also efficient from the free-throw line with an 81.1% average (fourth). DeMar DeRozan holds the team-high points per game record at 25.66, while Zach Lavine is not far behind with 24.95 PPG.

Looking over their defensive numbers, the Bulls don’t have the most promising numbers in the league. They allowed 138 points in two of their last three games. This brings the team’s average opponent points per game to 108.7 (17th). Chicago averages 51.8% opponent two-point shooting (13th), but have to do well from beyond the arc as they allow a 36.0% opponent three-point shooting (25th).

The Bulls have three starters on the injury report, including Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green, and Zach LaVine. This means that DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic take on the bulk of the scoring duties. Coby White, Ayo Dsunmu, and Alfonso McKinnie are expected to start the game on Monday.

Why Bet on the Memphis Grizzlies?

The Grizzlies are having an incredible season and are shooting well as of late. The team averages 111.6 points (sixth) on 45.3% shooting (18th) per game. They lead the league in points in the paint at 55.5 per game as well as fastbreak points at 16.5 per game. Ja Morant is the mastermind behind their performance, topping the team with 24.41 points per game. The duo of Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane provides him with much-needed support. Both average over 17.5 PPG.

Previewing the defense, it looks like the Grizzlies have what it takes to match the Bulls on this end of the court. They average 108.0 opponent points (15th) per game. The team’s mid-range and short-range defense are also impressive, holding opponents to 51.3% two-point shooting (eighth) per game. These numbers are expected to put pressure on an undermanned Bulls squad. Furthermore, Memphis holds a league-high 57.2 total rebounds per game average that will surely test any opponent coming their way.

The Grizzlies enter the contest with a healthy lineup. We expect Morant and Bane to go to work early and take charge of scoring.

Bulls vs. Grizzlies Betting Trends

  • The Bulls are 3-2 in the last five regular-season road games (2-3 ATS).
  • The Bulls are 4-1 in the last five regular-season road games against the Grizzlies (4-1 ATS).
  • The totals went under in four of the Bulls’ last five regular-season games against the Grizzlies.
  • The Grizzlies are 4-1 in the last five regular-season games at the FedExForum (4-1 ATS).
  • The Grizzlies are 2-3 in the last five regular-season games against the Bulls (2-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in two of the Grizzlies’ last five regular-season home games against the Bulls.

Bulls vs. Grizzlies Expert Betting Prediction

This is a clash that features two up-and-coming teams in the league. Both sides feature young talent that could be the new faces of the NBA soon. We expect the matchup to be close, but the Grizzlies hold a slight edge over the Bulls in this one. Playing in front of their home crowd is a solid momentum booster for Ja Morant and the rest of his teammates. However, the Bulls are ready to lock horns in this one. Covering the spread should be doable for the side while keeping things close enough to snatch the game away from the Grizzlies. All in all, this presents an opportunity to lift the team’s spirits and presents attractive scenarios for basketball fans and bettors.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.