Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview

02 / 08 / 2024 By Ally Mielnicki

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The Chicago Bulls (24-27) take on the injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies (18-33) on Thursday, February 8 at 8:00 PM ET for an appealing NBA betting opportunity. ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook has the Bulls as moneyline favorites at -246.

When: February 8, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET

Where: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

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Chicago Bulls Preview

The Bulls are aiming to find consistency after going 3-2 in their last five games. Their most recent game was a 129-123 overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with Coby White having an outstanding game with 33 points.

DeMar DeRozan is leading the Bulls with 22.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. He also connects on 46.4 shooting from the field and makes 85.1 percent of his free throws, making him a threat to the Grizzlies’ defense.

The Bulls maintain an average of 111.4 points per game, placing them 25th in the league for scoring. Their offensive efficiency is ranked 21st, boasting a rating of 113.9. In terms of pace, they occupy the last spot in the league (30th) with a rating of 96.2.

Defensively, the Bulls concede an average of 112.8 points per game, securing the 11th position in the league. Their defensive efficiency ranks 15th, marked by a rating of 115.4. In comparison to their offense, they exhibit a slightly negative ratio.

Memphis Grizzlies Preview

The Grizzlies are searching for a way to end their six-game losing streak and have a solid opportunity to do that here, but it will not be easy. Their most recent defeat was a 123-113 outing against the New York Knicks, where Vince Williams Jr. led with 19 points for the Grizzlies.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is considered a game time decision due to a hip injury that he suffered last week. If he is able to play (22.1 PPG, 5.6 REB) he will add a huge relief for their offense that desperately needs another scorer.

The Grizzlies maintain the league’s lowest point average at 107.0 per game, coupled with the poorest offensive efficiency, rated at 107.8. Their playing pace holds potential impact, standing at 98.9 and securing the 13th position.

On the defensive front, they limit opponents to 113.3 points per game, ranking 13th. Despite injuries impacting their defensive performance, they currently hold the 10th position in efficiency, boasting a rating of 114.0. There remains a chance for the team to approach these averages despite recent challenges, but they still have a negative ratio compared to their offense.

Betting Odds

The best NBA betting options are available through ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook. Currently, the Chicago Bulls are 6.0-point favorites to find success on the road, as market insights reveal they have a 57.3 percent chance of winning on the road.

Memphis Grizzlies: +187

Spread: +6.0 (-110)

Chicago Bulls: -246

Spread: -6.0 (-116)

Totals: Over 216.5 (-110), Under 216.5 (-115)

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