Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Monday, January 17, 2022
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Where to Watch: TNT
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Bulls +6, Grizzlies -6; Over/Under: 224.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Bulls +5.5, Grizzlies -5.5; Over/Under: 224 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Bulls +5.5, Grizzlies -5.5; Over/Under: 224.5 points
Chicago Bulls: 27-14 (1st place, Central Division)
Memphis Grizzlies: 30-15 (1st place, Southwest Division)
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Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies Preview and Analysis
Chicago Bulls: 6-4 last 10
Memphis Grizzlies: 9-1 last 10
Chicago Bulls Analysis
The Bulls are coming into this game with a 27-14 record overall and they are 12-8 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game losing streak after another loss in their last game. Their last win was against the Detroit Pistons while their 4 losses in that span came against the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Golden State Warriors, and the Boston Celtics in their last game. Nikola Vucevic led the team in points in that game with 27 while DeMar DeRozan was next on the team with 23 points. Ayo Dosunmu also scored 21 points in that one as well. Dosunmu led the team in assists in that game with 10 while DeRozan led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 50.6% from the field, 41.4% from 3-point range, and 80% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 111.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 108.7 PPG against them. The Bulls have an ATS record of 24-17 this season and their O/U record is 21-19-1.
Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
The Grizzlies are coming into this game with a 30-15 record overall and they are 16-9 in their home games this regular season where they will be in this game. They have won 11 of their last 12 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped an 11 game winning streak that they were on. Their last 5 wins were against the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Minnesota Timberwolves while their loss came against the Dallas mavericks in their last game. Ja Morant led the team in points in that game with 19 while Desmond Bane was next on the team with 16 points. Morant also led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Jaren Jackson Jr. led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 38.2% from the field, 22.6% from 3-point range, and 76.9% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 111.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 108 PPG against them. The Grizzlies have an ATS record of 29-16 this season and their O/U record is 21-22-2.
Bulls vs Grizzlies Prediction
The Bulls are coming into this game as a 6 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Bulls were on a very long win streak that was snapped and now they have lost a few games since then. They have not been playing well in those games but they will be looking to bounce back soon. The Grizzlies are coming off of a massive 11 game winning streak that was just snapped in their last game but just like the Bulls did, the Grizzlies will probably lose a few games from the fatigue now that their big streak is over. The Bulls are looking to get a win here and both of these teams are very talented, rising to near the top of both of their conferences. The best bet to place in this game is on the Bulls to cover the spread here as they have a good chance of being the winners here.
Bulls Grizzlies Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Monday, January 17, 2022 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Bulls 117 Grizzlies 108.
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NBA Betting Trends
Chicago Bulls: 24-17 ATS in all games. 6-2 ATS after 2 or more consecutive overs. 21-10 ATS after having lost 4 of their last 5 games. 6-1 ATS after 2 straight games being outrebounded by the opponent by 10 or more. 26-7 ATS after a loss by 6 points or less.
Memphis Grizzlies: 13-19 O/U in January games. 130-187 O/U after having won 6 or 7 of their last 8 games. 11-24 O/U off an upset loss to a division rival as a home favorite. 5-12 O/U off an upset loss as a home favorite. 8-15 O/U after playing a home game.
Chicago Bulls: Alex Caruso (SG) Ques Mon - Foot injury. Zach LaVine (PG) Ques Mon - Knee injury. Lonzo Ball (PG) Ques Mon - Knee injury. D. Jones Jr. (SF) Mid Feb - Knee injury. Javonte Green (SG) Early Feb - Groin injury. Tyler Cook (SF) Late Jan - Ankle injury. Patrick Williams (SF) Late April - Wrist injury.
Memphis Grizzlies: Killian Tillie (PF) Out indefinitely - Illness. Dillon Brooks (SG) Late Feb - Ankle injury. Yves Pons (SF) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury.
"They went out and did a great job — not a great job losing a game, but we competed. It's always how you respond. I thought today we did a much better job controlling our response." - Billy Donovan on his team’s close loss against the Celtics on Saturday night.
"Pretty much from our legs being heavy and our shots were short." - Ja Morant on their loss against the Mavericks on Friday night.
PG Coby White
SG Ayo Dosunmu
SF Troy Brown Jr.
PF DeMar DeRozan
C Nikola Vucevic
PG Ja Morant
SG Desmond Bane
SF Ziaire Williams
PF Jaren Jackson Jr.
C Steven Adams
PPG: D. DeRozan (25.7)
APG: L. Ball (5.1)
Reb/G: N. Vucevic (11.1)
PPG: J. Morant (24.4)
APG: J. Morant (6.8)
Reb/G: S. Adams (9.3)
Chicago Bulls: Billy Donovan (2nd season)
Memphis Grizzlies: Taylor Jenkins (3rd season)