Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (16-9) at Memphis Grizzlies (21-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls will be taking on the best home team in the league when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
The Chicago Bullshave won five of their last seven overall and are coming off a 103-97 win over the Knicks thanks to another monster night from Jimmy Butler who scored a career-best 35 points. Pau Gasol added 20 points while Aaron Brooks added 18, but the offense ran through the hot hands of Butler who took over the game in the absence of Derrick Rose. However, the win didn't come quite as easy as it should have, because the Bulls were supposed to cruise past the struggling Knicks who were without Carmelo Anthony, but the Bulls really had to battle all the way to the end. With the win, Chicago improved to 16-9 overall and 5-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have now won six straight after beating the shorthanded Spurs on Wednesday by 117-116 in triple overtime. Marc Gasol led the way with 26 points, Zach Randolph added 21 and Vince Carter had 18 as the Grizzlies took down the Spurs who were without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard in the most exciting game of the season. This game had it all and was just massive for a Grizzlies team coming off a win over the league-leading Warriors. With the win, Memphis improved to 21-4 overall and 9-3 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, while the Grizzlies are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Memphis.
It will be hard to tip against the Grizzlies at home, but I think the Bulls will do enough to keep this game within a couple of possessions and get the backdoor cover.