NBA Odds: Chicago Bulls in Memphis for matinee
By: Joe Freda
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Carlos Boozer has recorded a double-double in eight of Chicago’s last 10 games.
The Memphis Grizzlies have a 6-2 spread record since January began, with the ‘total’ splitting at 4-4 in the eight-game stretch. Lionel Hollins’ club plays its second straight home duel in Monday afternoon’s clash with the Chicago Bulls, who are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five contests.
Memphis notched an 89-70 win as a 4 ½-point home favorite in Saturday’s spanking of the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies held Dallas to a stingy 32.7 percent shooting from the field, while the Mavs went 16-for-23 at the foul line.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph logged team-highs of 23 points and 20 boards. The 29-year-old connected on 9-of-18 field buckets, while adding two assists.
Randolph’s mate Sam Young finished with nine points and a season-high four blocks. The two-year guard started in place of injured veteran Tony Allen, who missed a second straight game with a sore knee.
Allen is listed as “questionable” by the Don Best Sports injury report to return for Monday’s battle. The Oklahoma State alum has had a career year for steals (1.6 SPG) and three-point shooting (42.9 percent) despite playing a meager average of 15 MPG.
The lopsided affair’s combined 159 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 192 ½, bringing the ‘under’ to 2-1 in the Grizzlies’ last three games. Memphis outscored Dallas in the paint, 44-24, while Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki was ejected in the third quarter after being issued two technical fouls.
The Grizzlies improved to 11-6-1 ATS in their first 18 home dates, with the ‘over’ dropping to 10-8. Randolph and Co. have put up 102.6 PPG in that span.
Chicago picked up its second straight win in Saturday’s 99-96 triumph as a three-point home favorite against the Miami Heat. The Bulls opened as 2 ½-point underdogs for the matchup, but received one-sided betting action due to Miami’s leading scorer LeBron James (25.4 PPG) missing the game with an ankle injury.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose notched team-highs of 34 points and eight assists. The 22-year-old added three of his squad’s five blocks, while sinking 8-of-8 free throws.
Chicago’s Carlos Boozer logged 12 points and 10 rebounds, finishing with his fifth double-double in six games. The nine-year forward hit 6-of-14 from the field, while adding three assists.
The tight battle’s combined 195 points soared above the ‘total’ of 187 ½. Both squads united to drain 20-of-47 shots from beyond the arc.
The Bulls moved to 12-7-2 ATS in their first 21 home dates, with the ‘under’ dipping to 13-8. Rose and Co. have allowed 96.2 PPG in that stretch.
Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last five home meetings against Chicago, with the ‘under’ also going 4-1.
The Grizzlies won last March’s duel of that span, 104-97, but failed to cover ATS as an 11-point home favorite. Memphis shot 8-for-15 from three-point land, reaching as much as a 25-point lead. Rose missed the game with a knee injury for Chicago, who was outrebounded, 42-37.
Monday’s tip is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PT), with ESPN providing the national television coverage.
Chicago is playing the front end of a back-to-back spot, returning home for Tuesday’s matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats. Memphis will have one day off before resuming action as part of Wednesday’s league slate, visiting the New Orleans Hornets.