The Chicago Bulls ride a five game win streak into Memphis for today's day game. They offense hasn't always looked pretty, they've struggled against the zone, gotten off to slow starts, and given up big leads. However, at the end, they're the team coming away with the win every night.
The Grizzlies will be anxious for some revenge after they lost by 40 points in a massacre at the United Center on New Years day while the Bulls will look to keep their win streak alive.
Keys to the game
Attack the rim
The Memphis Grizzlies don't have a flurry of shot blockers at the rim, so Derrick Rose should find his way into the paint repeatedly and score at will. update --Rose is out for the game, but CJ Watson is back. Doesn't look pretty for the offense.
Long day for Luol
The Grizzlies will run their offense largely through Rudy Gay; Luol Deng will draw the task of defending him all day long. Gay has a ton of athleticism, but Luol has historically done a nice job of staying in front of him and making him take tough shots and not get going.
On the other end, I expect Luol to struggle a bit on offense with Gay's athleticism when trying to get his own slashing game going.
Asik and destroy
Joakim Noah is a tremendous defensive center, but his greatest strength is his help defense and pick and roll defense. He struggles against big strong physical centers. Omer Asik is the type of center who can come in and have some solid success against Gasol one on one in the paint.
Both players will need to avoid foul trouble as Gasol has an array of craft veteran moves and is an expert at drawing fouls around the rim.
Zack Randolph is still out from the injury he suffered the last time the two teams met which limits the Grizzlies low post attack. I expect Chicago to bring too much defense for the Grizzlies to handle. Of course, as always, this is the NBA, and any given day...
Update -- With Derrick Rose out, this game now seems like a mammoth challenge for Chicago. A nearly sure win going to a likely loss.