Game 23: Chicago Bulls (14-8) versus Memphis Grizzlies (14-12)
Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 7:00 p.m. central
TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN
The Bulls will look to extend the winning streak to four games Wednesday night when they take on the Grizzlies. This will be the first time the two teams face off this regular season.
The Grizzlies only average 96.6 points per game and give up 101 points while only shooting just 32.0 percent on threes. Those are all things the Bulls should be able to take advantage of, especially since Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic seem to have found their offensive groove. Joakim Noah has also looked like the old playmaking Noah as of late, helping the second unit become a very smooth one in terms of offense.
Matchup of the Game
Pau Gasol versus Marc Gasol
This one’s easy: brother versus brother. Who doesn’t love a sibling rivalry? This Gasol brothers matchup was one reason last year’s All-Star Game was so exciting — they battled for the opening tip. Both players are still top guys on their team, too, so even if they weren’t brothers, Pau versus Marc would still be a good one. It’s just more intriguing because of the brother aspect.
The Bulls erased a five-point halftime deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-96 Monday night with the help of Tony Snell and the bench unit.
Snell scored 13 of his 16 total points in the third quarter, outscoring the entire Philadelphia team’s 12 points. The bench, led by Joakim Noah, then helped the Bulls finish out the quarter with an 85-68 lead that only grew from there. Eventually, the Bulls’ lead was safe enough the head coach Fred Hoiberg gave Cameron Bairstow and Bobby Portis minutes.
The Grizzlies last played on Monday, defeating the Washington Wizards 112-95. The victory, led by Marc Gasol‘s 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, ended a two-game losing streak for Memphis.
The game was close to start, but the Grizzlies remained ahead the entire way. They built up a double-digit lead by halftime, and the Wizards couldn’t respond. Washington ended the game with its best offensive quarter, scoring 34 total points in the fourth, but it was too late.
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