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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls Game Preview

They may be lowly, but are playing well of late

Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Who: Memphis Grizzlies (24-38, 15-16 home) vs. Chicago Bulls (16-45, 9-21 away)

When: 7:00 PM CT

Where: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

How to Watch/Listen/Listen: Fox Sports Southeast/ 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis

Injury Report

Memphis: Avery Bradley (probable, ankle ), CJ Miles (questionable, hip), Ivan Rabb (doubtful, heel), Jaren Jackson Jr. (out, quad), Kyle Anderson (out, shoulder), Dillon Brooks (out, toe).

Chicago: Kris Dunn (questionable, migraines), Otto Porter (questionable, leg), Wendell Carter Jr. (out, thumb), Chandler Hutchison (out, toe), Denzel Valentine (out, ankle).

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Memphis: Mike Conley, Avery Bradley, Justin Holiday, Bruno Caboclo, Jonas Valanciunas

Chicago: Ryan Arcidiacono, Zach LaVine, Timothe Luwawu, Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez


If the Chicago Bulls were supposed to be “not tryin’ for Zion”, you couldn't tell with how well the team has been playing of late. Since acquiring Otto Porter at the trade deadline, the Bulls are 4-3 and two of those losses are to the Milwaukee Bucks.

One of those wins?

Yep, the Memphis Grizzlies.

If you don't remember, this was shortly after the stated goal was to convey, and Chicago was one everyone circled as a win. At the end of the night, Twitter was calling for J.B. Bickerstaff’s job.

If we are being honest, who the heck knows what the Grizzlies are going to do each night. We are fresh off a Cavaliers loss and Lakers victory. (The Cavs do have Kevin Love back, and Lebron James killed the Lakers, so there’s that).

What To Watch For

Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

A fun match-up to watch might be Jonas Valanciunas on offense versus Robin Lopez. Both guys are forces of nature and borderline crazy. Jonas is a walking 20-10 right now for Memphis whereas Lopez since the trade deadline is averaging 19 points 5 rebounds and a block per game.

Mike Conley is coming off a 30 point game against the Lakers and LaVine dropped 42 against Boston two games ago. Both of these guards will be relied upon heavily to lead their team to victory, that is if both teams are in fact trying to win.

The player to watch in this game is Lauri Markkanen. Since the trade deadline he is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds per contest. The only time he didn't record more than 10 rebounds was against Memphis.

Lauri is an absolute monster and it doesn't help that he is on top of his game right now. To add on to his hot streak, the Grizzlies just simply don't have the bodies to defend him. If Rabb is indeed out, along with Jaren Jackson Jr., The Grizzlies are left with Jonas and Joakim Noah as the only true bigs left.

If there are extended runs of Bruno or Chandler Parsons having to guard Lauri, it could be a long night for the Grizzlies watching him go to work.

Prediction

The injury report is once again lengthy for the Memphis Grizzlies. I expect that the Grizzlies won't be lucky enough to miss both Kris Dunn and Otto Porter, and may see both of them hit the floor. The lack of bodies to throw at Markkanen will be a problem for Memphis throughout the night. Chicago may only have 19 wins, but they have won 3 of their last 4 games and played the Bucks tough.

Chicago wins 105-100

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