Ja Morant arms out reaction after bucket

Mar 29, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts after a basket in the course of the first half towards the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum. Obligatory Credit score: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • The Memphis Grizzlies are -140 favorites on the highway vs the Bulls on April 2
  • Memphis has received eight of their final 9 video games
  • Learn beneath for the Grizzlies vs Bulls odds and predictions

They’re at reverse ends of their NBA Playoff Bracket of their respective conferences, and there’s important positioning in play when the Memphis Grizzlies (49-28, 15-22 away) go to the Chicago Bulls (37-40, 20-18 house).

Barring a serious collapse, Chicago ought to qualify for the play-in, however they’re only a recreation again of each the Eighth-seeded Hawks and Ninth-seeded Raptors.

Memphis, in the meantime, has been on a tear to shut out the yr, and path the Denver Nuggets for prime seed within the West by two video games, with each groups having 5 video games to play.

This one goes Sunday (April 2) at 3:30pm ET from the United Heart in Chicago, IL. You’ll be able to watch the sport reside on NBA League Go.

Grizzlies vs Bulls Odds

Workforce Unfold Moneyline Whole
Memphis Grizzlies -2.5 (-110) -140 OFF
Chicago Bulls +2.5 (-110) +120 OFF

The NBA odds have the visiting Grizzlies as slight 2.5-point favorites, and -140 on the moneyline, an implied win likelihood of 58.33%.

Regardless of their current sizzling streak, having received eight of 9, Memphis remains to be simply 13-23-1 towards the unfold on the highway this yr, the 4th-worst mark within the NBA. Their 15 highway wins are tied for the second-fewest within the West’s prime 10.

At 20-18 on the United Heart, Chicago has the bottom house win whole of any of the groups slotted into the East playoff image.

Odds as of April 1 at DraftKings. 

Memphis Betting Evaluation

If the Grizzlies are going to catch the Nuggets, they’re going to must do a lot of the work on the highway, with only one house recreation left on their schedule.

After seeing their 7-game win streak snapped by the Clippers, the Grizz received proper again to it and avenged that loss to the identical Clippers’ aspect subsequent recreation, bouncing them 108-94.

Desmond Bane led Memphis with 22 factors, 9 assists and three steals, whereas Luke Kennard got here off the bench to drill 5 triples, a part of a 17-point, 6-rebound recreation towards his former staff.

Jaren Jackson Jr added 9 factors, eight boards, two steals and three blocks, whereas Ja Morant had a quiet 10, with 5 boards and 4 dimes.

The Grizzlies have been a boatload of offense throughout this fun-run, averaging 125.3 factors per over their final 9 video games, taking pictures 51.1% from the sector and 38.6% from distance.

They’ve undoubtedly been outscoring their defensive points, as they’re surrendering 116.4 factors per recreation over the identical stretch — 4 factors larger than their season common.

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Chicago Betting Evaluation

After three straight video games towards the LA groups (going 1-2), the Bulls went into Charlotte and thumped the Hornets 121-91 on Friday night time.

DeMar DeRozan had 23 factors, three boards and 4 assists, matched by Zach LaVine, who chipped in with three rebounds and three dimes. Nikola Vucevic had 21 factors and eight rebounds.

Alex Caruso was the fourth starter to attain in double figures, with 10 factors, 4 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, however he’s on the damage report with foot soreness. His standing is possible for Sunday.

Chicago’s D — which is tied for seventh in factors towards at 112.2 per recreation — can be challenged by the hot-shooting Grizzlies. They’ll additionally must take care of a Memphis staff that ranks second in fast-break factors (17.8) and tops the NBA in factors within the paint at 58.6.

The Bulls are seventh in fast-break factors allowed (12.8) and fourth in paint factors surrendered (47.1).

Grizzlies vs Bulls Betting Prediction

That is the second and closing assembly between these groups this yr, with Memphis successful at house 104-89 on Feb 7. Morant poured in 34 factors, with six boards and 7 dimes, whereas JJJ had 24 factors and 5 blocks.

Memphis hasn’t been nice towards lesser competitors currently, although, going 1-4 ATS of their final 5 towards groups with a dropping document, and 2-7 ATS of their final 9 towards groups with a successful house document.

I’m simply unsure Chicago is ready to take benefit. They’re 7-10-1 ATS as a house underdog this season. They’ve additionally been dominated on this head-to-head, going 0-5 ATS within the final 5 conferences.

With an enormous one looming vs the Hawks subsequent, search for the Bulls to lose simply sufficient focus for Memphis to take benefit.


  • Grizzlies -2.5 (-110); 1.5 items to win 1.36 items
  • NBA Betting File: 37-35-1 ATS, 2-2 ML, 8-0 o/u, 0-3 parlays; -7.31 items

Eric Rosales

Sports activities Author & Editor