Memphis Grizzlies vs Chicago Bulls NBA Game Picks 12/4/2019
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -1.5
Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls (7-14, 4th in the Central Division) host the Memphis Grizzlies (6-14, 4th in the Southwest Division) at United Center on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Chicago opens this matchup as 1.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 218.
The Grizzlies are covering the spread 40.0% of the time, having gone 8-12-0 ATS. Chicago is covering 42.9% of the time, going 9-12-0 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
12/2/2019 Kyle Anderson SF Heel Game Time Decision
12/2/2019 Brandon Clarke SF Hip Game Time Decision
12/2/2019 John Konchar SG Calf Game Time Decision
12/2/2019 Jonas Valanciunas C Illness Game Time Decision
11/30/2019 Ja Morant PG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
11/18/2019 Andre Iguodala SG Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/2/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
12/2/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Game Time Decision
11/12/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
Jaren Jackson comes into this game averaging 15.7 points per contest while playing 26.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 83%. Jonas Valanciunas averages 13.6 points per contest in 24.7 minutes per game. He averages 1.9 assists per game and 9.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 55% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Zach Lavine scores 22.4 points per contest while playing 32.2 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.0 rebounds per contest and has 3.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Lauri Markkanen averages 13.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 29.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 7.0 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 36% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 109.0 points per contest, which is 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -8.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 15th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 45.5 boards per contest and 26.6 assists per game, which ranks them 14th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 6th with 16.2 per game. The Grizzlies allow 117.1 points per contest, which is 27th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 20th and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.8 rebounds a game which ranks 16th, and they allow 25.3 assists per game which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 23rd in the NBA with 106.4 points per contest this season. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -3.71. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 23rd in the league. They are 23rd in the NBA in rebounding with 43.5 boards per contest and 22nd in assists per game with 22.9. The Bulls are 13th in turnovers per contest with 15.4. The Bulls give up 110.1 points per game, which ranks them 16th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 19th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 20th with 24.6 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 48.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Bulls are 30th in the league in forcing turnovers with 18.5 per contest this year.
The Grizzlies are 25th in the league in defensive rating with 112.6, and their offensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 22nd. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 103.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 21st. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 24th in the NBA. Memphis is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 10th in the NBA.
Chicago is 17th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 13th in the NBA. The Bulls are 28th in the league in defensive rating with 107.8, and their offensive rating of 104.1 is ranked 12th. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 102.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 27th. As a unit they are 27th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 11th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago -1.5
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