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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/30/13

Chicago Bulls (11-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-16)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -4.5 -- Over/Under: 179.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls head to Memphis on Monday to face off against the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently sitting at 13-16 on the season, and while the first part of the year has been a disappointment for Memphis, the Grizzlies are still a good team with a great defense.  Memphis is allowing just 97.3 points per game this season, and if Memphis can ever figure this offense out, the Grizzlies will be post season bound and a tough out once again.  The Grizzlies have some momentum coming into this meeting with the Bulls, as the Grizzlies have won three out of their last four games, including a win last time out, defeating the Nuggets in Memphis on Saturday.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/30/13

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The Chicago Bulls are sitting at 11-17 on the season, and right now (I know it’s early) the Bulls would be sitting out of the post season this year.  Chicago, like the Grizzlies has an outstanding defense, but once Rose left once again with an injury, this offense is severely lacking.  The Bulls are scoring just 91.6 points per game this season, ranking the Bulls 30th in the league in scoring offense.  The Bulls have won two out of the last three games heading into Monday’s game against the Grizzlies, so hopefully for Chicago they can build on some of that momentum.

The Chicago Bulls are 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games against the Southwest, and the Bulls are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the West. 

The Memphis Grizzlies are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against teams with a losing record, and the Grizzlies are just 6-13-1 in their last 20 games when playing on just one day of rest.

Taking the under in this spot.  I know the odds makers have already been fairly aggressive setting this total, but to me, it's not low enough.  The Bulls and the Grizzlies don't have poor offenses, their offenses are just plain inept, and with the other defense on the floor here on Monday, I see no reason why that would change.

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