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Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

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After seeing their franchise record 11-game winning streak come to an end, the Memphis Grizzlies look to bounce back Monday afternoon against the visiting Chicago Bulls.

Playing the second night of a back-to-back and its fifth game in a week, Memphis faded in the second half of Friday's 112-85 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

"We're never looking for excuses, but we've got to acknowledge that we were running on fumes," Memphis interim coach Darko Rajakovic said. "After a very solid first half, we just didn't have it in the second half. We hit 11 points in transition at halftime, and that's where we stayed. We just didn't have enough."

The Grizzlies have won their last two meetings against Chicago, which will be short-handed again on Monday.

The Bulls have lost four of their last five but still hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 27-14 record.

Chicago will likely have to face the Grizzlies without Lonzo Ball (left knee), Alex Caruso (health and safety protocols) and Zach LaVine, who is not expected to miss significant time after an MRI exam on Saturday showed no structural damage to his left knee.

LaVine, who is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists, will be re-evaluated early this week after landing awkwardly during the first quarter of Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Despite missing three key players, the Bulls gave the Boston Celtics a scare on Saturday before losing 114-112.

One of several bright spots was the play of rookie guard Ayo Dosunmu, who posted his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists, both career-highs. Dosunmu turns 22 on Monday.

"He played great," Bulls center Nikola Vucevic said. "For a young guy like him to play with so much poise and not get rushed into making quick decisions, just playing smart ball, is impressive at that age. Especially only in his third start and played however many games we played so far. He played well at both ends. He's been doing that all year long. It's a huge addition for us."

The Bulls have also received a welcome spark from second-year pro Coby White, who is starting at point guard in place of Ball.

White scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers against Boston and is averaging 17.5 points on 54.3 percent shooting over his last 11 games.

Chicago concludes its brief two-game road trip against a Memphis team that sits in third place in the Western Conference.

Point guard Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in scoring for the 21st time this season on Friday with 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds against Dallas.

Memphis center Steven Adams returned after missing four games in health and safety protocols and recorded six points, six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

The Grizzlies also gave forward Brandon Clarke his first start of the season, and the second-year pro responded with nine points in 20 minutes.

Morant, who is averaging 24.4 points, 6.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds remained positive despite Friday's 27-point loss in which Memphis was outscored 62-30 in the second half.

"One game doesn't define us at all," Morant said. "We just have to turn the page and take this next day off to rest, get treatment, and recover. And come in on Monday locked in and preparing for the Bulls."

--Field Level Media

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Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies Recap JAN 17TH 2022

Desmond Bane and Ja Morant scored 25 points apiece the Memphis Grizzlies routed the visiting Chicago Bulls 119-106 on Monday afternoon.

Brandon Clarke had 15 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. tallied 14 points and five blocks for the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 28 and never trailed in the final three quarters.

The Bulls lost their fourth straight and played without several key players, including Lonzo Ball (left knee), Zach LaVine (left knee) and Alex Caruso (health and safety protocol).

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points to lead Chicago. Coby White recorded 16 points and Ayo Dosunmu recorded his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Memphis bounced back with a dominant effort after having their franchise record 11-game win streak come to an end with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

Tyus Jones posted 11 points and eight assists and De'Anthony Melton scored 10 points for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Bulls 64-38 in the paint. Steven Adams grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists.

The teams were tied at 20 before Memphis opened the second quarter with a 19-3 run. Bane made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points during the stretch.

Jackson Jr. exited the game briefly in the second quarter with a left calf injury but was able to return after heading to the locker room.

The Grizzlies held Bulls center Nikola Vucevic scoreless in the first half and took a 58-45 lead into the break.

Vucevic, who entered the game averaging 16.4 points, finished with seven points and 10 rebounds on 2-of-13 shooting. His 3-pointer with 7:51 left in the third quarter pulled Chicago within 66-57.

The Grizzlies closed the period on a 19-9 run and carried a 92-72 lead into the fourth quarter.

Memphis led 108-90 with 5:32 left in the final period when Morant and Chicago's Tony Bradley briefly tussled, leading to double technical fouls and a flagrant foul on Bradley.

Morant scored 17 points in the second half for the Grizzlies, who shot 51.1 percent from the field and 10-of-25 (40 percent) from 3-point range.

Troy Brown Jr. scored 14 points, Matt Thomas added 13 and Malcolm Hill had 12 for Chicago, which has lost its last three meetings against Memphis.

--Field Level Media

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