The Bulls remain in contention for one of the play-in spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Chicago enters with a 22-30 overall record, good for 10th place in the East standings, and it remains two games ahead of the Toronto Raptors for the final postseason spot. Meanwhile, Memphis is also battling for playoff positioning in the West, ranking eighth with a 26-25 overall record. The Grizzlies are four games out of the coveted sixth-seed and three games ahead of the 11th-place New Orleans Pelicans.
Can Memphis take care of business at home against the slumping Bulls on Monday night?
Bulls suffer ugly loss vs. NBA-worst TimberwolvesChicago suffered a disappointing 121-117 loss on the road against the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night despite 30 points and six assists from shooting guard Zach LaVine. Nikola Vucevic added 18 points for the Bulls, who trailed for most of the game after giving up a 21-8 run in the first quarter.
history is brewing in Atlanta.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 10, 2021
Zach LaVine has 25 straight Bulls points, 39 total after this pull-up.
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Bulls head coach Billy Donovan was not impressed with his team’s effort against the worst team in the NBA. Breakdowns on defense, costly turnovers, and fouls thwarted Chicago’s chances of completing a comeback. The Bulls also shot just 8-for-13 from the foul line compared to a perfect 25-for-25 for the Timberwolves.
According to dunksandthrees.com, the Bulls have outplayed their current 22-30 overall record. Chicago ranks 20th in the NBA with an adjusted net rating of -1.2 through 52 games. The Bulls own an adjusted offensive rating of 111.7, 17th in the NBA, and an adjusted defensive rating of 112.9, good for 23rd in the league.
Grizzlies still waiting for Jackson Jr.'s returnMemphis dropped its second straight game at home 132-125 versus the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Jonas Valunciunas finished with 34 points and 22 rebounds while Ja Morant added 23 points and six assists in a losing effort for the Grizzlies, who shot just 30 percent from beyond the arc on the night.
The Grizzlies face a tough schedule down the stretch of the season but will be getting an important piece back in their rotation very soon. Jaren Jackson Jr. is expected to return to the lineup over the next few weeks after suffering a torn meniscus during the NBA Bubble last August. Jackson’s ability to stretch the floor would surely help the Grizzlies, who rank near the bottom of the NBA in 3-pint frequency and percentage.
According to dunksandthress.com, the Grizzlies have played much better than their current 26-25 overall record might indicate. Memphis sits at No. 12 in the NBA with an adjusted net rating of +1.5, thanks in large part to a defense that has been among the stingiest units in the league. The Grizzlies rank eighth in the NBA with an adjusted defensive rating of 110.8 but they have not been as efficient on offense, sporting an adjusted 112.3 rating, 15th in the NBA.
- Bulls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Grizzlies are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Grizzlies are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Memphis comes into this game favored by three points, which seems like a bit of a bargain in this spot. The Grizzlies have been one of the NBA’s most underrated teams this season. They’ve battled through several injuries to remain in the Western Conference playoff race while the Bulls have struggled since adding All-Star Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline. Chicago has dropped eight of its last 11 games and will be closing a five-game road trip in this spot. Take Memphis to cover the spread in this matchup on Monday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
These wo teams are projected for 229 points but that number seems like a bit of a stretch in this spot. The Grizzlies play fast, ranking sixth in the league in pace and fourth in average possession length on offense. However, they also happen to be one of the league’s best defensive teams and rank near the bottom of the league in terms of both 3-point frequency and percentage, which bodes well for a low-scoring game here. Chicago has been slowing down the pace since acquiring Vucevic and it has dropped to No. 17 in the NBA in offensive efficiency during its recent slide. Take this game to stay under the projected total on Monday night.