The Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls are both expected to do well this season in the NBA, and have shown why in the preseason. Both participants in tonight’s Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls will enter this game with a winning record in the preseason, with the Bulls’ 3-0 mark so far being particularly impressive. And with a ton of young, promising talent on both sides of the floor, this matchup could be the best one we see all preseason long.
Chicago plays host to the Grizzlies in this game, with the Bulls looking to finish a perfect preseason, while the Grizzlies look to remain above .500 as their tune-up campaign concludes. Before the tip off of the 2021-2022 NBA season, this contest is a nice opportunity for both teams to make one last statement that they could have what it takes to hang with other playoff caliber teams in the National Basketball Association.
Memphis Grizzlies – Looking Solid So Far
It has been a feast or famine situation for the Memphis Grizzlies this preseason, as they have either won their games by double figures or lost outright, with no middle ground. Memphis won their first two preseason games over the Bucks and Hornets, and have since lost two out of three, with their most recent outing being a loss on the road against the Indiana Pacers. To finish the preseason with a winning record, the Grizzlies will need to pick up a victory against the Bulls.
In this game, the Grizzlies would be best served taking advantage of their edge with their physicality on the interior. Memphis’ interior players are more than capable of bullying the bigs for the Bulls around, especially Chicago’s starting center in Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic is more of a finesse player, which suits the way Memphis likes to use their forwards and centers. If the Grizzlies can use that to their advantage, they could win outright as an underdog here.
Expected Line-Up: Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson, Desmond Bane, Sam Merrill, Steven Adams
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Chicago Bulls – Looking For Undefeated Preseason
So far, the Chicago Bulls are one of just two Eastern Conference teams to not suffer a loss this preseason, with the other undefeated team in the East being the New York Knicks. Tonight, the Bulls look to finish their preseason with a perfect record, though they survived a scare in a one-possession win against the Cavaliers in their last time out. Even with that close game under their belt, the Bulls have outscored opponents by 24 points per game in their three preseason outings thus far.
Throughout this preseason, the Bulls have been led by Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, with at least one of the two scoring in the 20s in all three of the Bulls’ preseason wins. Those two players have worked well together thus far, as LaVine’s perimeter scoring and ability to get to the basket mesh nicely with DeRozan’s preferred mid-range game. If they can continue to find harmony with their offensive games, the Bulls will be very difficult to slow down this season.
Expected Line-Up: Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic
Expert Pick #1 – Bulls -4 @ -110
The first bet to make on this game is the Chicago Bulls -4 over the Grizzlies at -110 odds. While Chicago did finally fail to win a preseason game by double figures in their last time out, the Bulls are still leaps and bounds better than the Grizzlies so far in the preseason. They have been playing their top players close to 30 minutes each, while the Grizzlies have given less time to some of their top stars as the regular season approaches. That will certainly help the Bulls here.
Expert Pick #2 – Bulls to Win @ -190
In the same vein, the Bulls moneyline isn’t a bad look at odds of -190, as Chicago should be a heavier favorite here as well. While there is no such thing as a guarantee in basketball, especially during the preseason, the Bulls should be closer to a favorite of -250 or so based on their performance so far in the exhibition season. Bettors would be smart to take advantage of where the line currently stands to get the best odds possible.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 223 @ -110
Chicago has a lot of athletic wing players who could slow down what Memphis likes to do offensively. The effort level for both teams will have a lot to do with where the total lands in this game, but this should be a contest where the defensive intensity is just good enough to force some bad shots and set an under pace. If some extended run is set aside for reserve players down the stretch, that would be an added bonus.
It is hard to justify betting against the Chicago Bulls this preseason, especially with their margin of victory looking as good as it has. Memphis may have a better regular season than the Bulls when all is said and done, but the Bulls will pick up their fourth straight win to close out the preseason here and cover the spread while they’re at it.