BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13: Head coach Tom Thibodeau talks with his players during a time out in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 13, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 88-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bulls (12-2) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (5-6), who will be out for revenge after a 40-point loss in Chicago on New Year's Day.
The last time the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies faced off was on the first day of this year, and the Bulls romped to a 40-point win, 104-64. Even without star power forward Zach Randolph, it likely won't be that easy for Bulls when they travel to Memphis for a Martin Luther King Day matinee.
The Grizzlies, who entered the 2011-2012 season with high expectations, have had an up and down year so far. Though they have the services of star SF Rudy Gay, they are without the aforementioned Randolph. After dropping three games in a row earlier this month, the Grizzlies are on a humble two game winning streak with recent victories over the New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets.
The two key match ups today involve Joakim Noah and Memphis center Marc Gasol and Luol Deng and Gay. Gasol is having a solid season, averaging 13 points and nearly ten rebounds per game, but he will have his hands full going up against Noah. Deng, meanwhile, will get to stack up with an All-Star in Gay.
Game time/ date: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
Radio: ESPN 100 AM
Odds: Bulls favored by two
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