Dec 30, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) shoots the ball over Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the fourth quarter at FedExForum. The Bulls won 95 - 91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies vs Chicago Bulls Game Preview

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The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off one of their worst losses of the season as they were pummeled by the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday Night 103-94. Memphis trailed by as many as 30 points midway thru the 3rd quarter before outscoring the Nets 34-16 in the 4th.  Zach Randolph sat out of the game with Flu like symptoms.

The Grizzlies (34-26) are currently 1 game out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference behind Dallas and Phoenix.  With 22 games to go, Memphis needs to capitalize on the weak schedule ahead.  After their matchup with the Bulls (34-27) on Friday night, the Grizzlies host Charlotte on Saturday followed by another home game vs. Portland on Tuesday. The Grizzlies will then head back out on the road for another three game trek which features New Orleans,  Toronto and Philadelphia.

Wednesday’s game vs. Brooklyn featured a flip in scoring for the Grizzlies. The bench scored 70 of the 94 points for Memphis. Jon Leuer had a game high 19 points and 5 boards. Marc Gasol was the only Memphis starter in double figures and ended the game with 18 points.

Memphis and Chicago last met at FedEx Forum on December 30th which resulted in a 95-91 victory for the Bulls. Marc Gasol did not play in the game as he was still coming back from injury and Courtney Lee still hadn’t been traded to Memphis.  Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler combined for 46 points (15-26 FG) for the Bulls.

Chicago has turned their season around since the loss of star PG Derrick Rose. Chicago is 10-2 in their last 12 games with the losses coming on the road at Brooklyn and at Miami.

The game between Memphis and Chicago will feature the #2 and #3 ranked scoring defenses in the NBA.

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