Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies Will Be A Battle Of NBA's Top Defenses

By Tracy Martin
Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies
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The Chicago Bulls are going to take on the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST. The last time both teams met up was on December 30, with the Bulls emerging victorious in a game that went down to the wire (95-91). This will be their second and last game against each other this season.

Will the Bulls close off the season series, or will Memphis even it up? No matter who wins, it should prove to be a competitive battle as both defensive-minded teams will make it difficult for either side to come out with a W.

Both teams are known around the NBA for their tough defense. Chicago currently has the second-best defensive efficiency in the league right now, while Memphis ranks 11th. It should be noted that the only reason the Grizzlies’ efficiency is lower than it should be is due to 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol‘s lack of playing time this year due to injury.

The Bulls (34-27) have hit a good stride recently and have risen in the Eastern Conference standings. Chicago has won 10 of their last 12 games and are currently contending for the third playoff seed against the Toronto Raptors in the East. Meanwhile, Memphis (34-26) is just one game shy of the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Do not let that low seed fool you, however, as the Grizzlies have shown that they are a more than capable team this season.

One player matchup to look out for would be Gasol going up against Joakim Noah. Both players are in the upper echelon of top centers in the league, so it will be interesting to see who has more of an impact in tomorrow’s game. Right now, both teams are doing their best to secure as many wins as they can in order to get a better seed in the playoffs. If seeing two teams with similar skill sets go at it interests you, then tomorrow night’s game should be a must-see.

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