Top scorers face off in Chicago-Memphis matchup
Memphis Grizzlies (41-20, third in the Western Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (39-21, first in the Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: DeMar DeRozan and Ja Morant meet when Chicago faces Memphis. DeRozan ranks third in the NBA averaging 28.3 points per game and Morant ranks sixth in the league averaging 26.7 points per game.
The Bulls are 24-8 in home games. Chicago is second in the Eastern Conference shooting 37.5% from deep, led by Patrick Williams shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.
The Grizzlies have gone 21-10 away from home. Memphis scores 113.8 points while outscoring opponents by 4.7 points per game.
The teams play for the second time this season. The Grizzlies won the last meeting 119-106 on Jan. 17. Desmond Bane scored 25 points to help lead the Grizzlies to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Bulls. Coby White is averaging 3.9 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Bane is shooting 41.5% from beyond the arc with 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Grizzlies, while averaging 17.8 points. Morant is shooting 49.3% and averaging 30.0 points over the past 10 games for Memphis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 7-3, averaging 119.2 points, 45.5 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 51.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points per game.
Grizzlies: 7-3, averaging 123.5 points, 54.0 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 9.7 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.5 points.
INJURIES: Bulls: Patrick Williams: out (left wrist), Alex Caruso: out (wrist), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).
Grizzlies: Yves Pons: out (thigh), Dillon Brooks: out (ankle).