Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Game Information
Rockets (4-7) vs. Bulls (5-8)
Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: United Center
TV Coverage: ATSW, CSCH
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Rockets -124 Bulls +104
Spread: Rockets -1.5 (-111) Bulls +1.5 (-109)
Total: 226.5 (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Rockets +12000 Bulls +25000
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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls News and Notes
The two franchises that combined for eight straight NBA championships in the early ’90s will be reacquainted in Chicago on Monday night. Of course, the Michael Jordan led Bulls threepeated twice in those years while Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets took advantage of MJ’s retirement to go back-to-back in ’94 and ’95. My how times have changed. Both teams are very far away from getting back to a title series anytime soon. As you can tell by their odds to win the championship, the Bulls and Rockets are a pair of teams trying to determine who and what they are.
Houston’s self-evaluation became forced upon them may be earlier than it would have naturally occurred with superstar James Harden’s trade last week. The Rockets are still waiting for the main cog coming back in that deal, Victor Oladipo, to make his team debut. While Oladipo is a solid player, he hasn’t been the same due to significant injuries and is no Harden. He missed more than a year with a right knee injury before returning in January 2020 to help Indiana clinch a playoff berth. That being said, the feisty guard is a two-time All-Star and was putting up 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists for the Pacers this season. Oladipo is expected to make his Rockets debut tonight in Chicago.
The Rockets’ newest acquisition will be joining a potential budding superstar in Houston’s big man Chrisitan Wood. Wood is having a fantastic season leading the team in points with 23.2 and rebounds, pulling down 10.9 a night. The double-double machine also leads the team shooting 52.2 percent and blocking nearly two shots per game. Houston is amazingly Wood’s sixth NBA team in just five seasons! The undrafted 25-year-old has found a home with the Rockets and is proving everyone wrong. Houston is hoping Wood, along with a few pieces like veteran point guard John Wall and the pile of draft picks acquired in the Harden deal, expediates their rebuild timeline.
The Bulls are in murkier waters than the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day. Chicago has much less to look forward to than the Rockets do. While Zach LaVine’s sixth-best scoring average in the league of nearly 27 points a game can’t be ignored, the Bulls are mostly a collection of mid-career veterans. Otto Porter and Thadeus Young are two prime examples. Decent players who have been in the league a while but not guys you can build a team around. LaVine can kind of be lumped into that group as the Bulls guard is in his seventh season, but Lavine is still just 25 and a tremendous scorer. Whether you can build a team around him or not remains to be seen as he’s played on losing teams his entire career.
Lauri Markkanen has been a pleasant surprise for the Bulls, putting up a career-best in both points at 19 and three-pointers at 2.7 per game.
They are also hoping first-round picks Colby White, and Wendell Carter Jr. can blossom into building blocks. White was the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft, and the 20-year-old is third on the team in scoring, putting up 16.3 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds and team-best 6.1 assists a night. Carter was the seventh overall pick a year before White and leads the team with eight boards a game while the fourth-leading scoring pumping in 13 points per game.
Spreading the scoring around has the Bulls as a surprisingly high scoring team, ranking fourth in the league with almost 117 points per game. Chicago is also sixth with a field goal percentage near 48 and eighth in the NBA, landing 13.5 triples a night. The defense is another story as the Bulls give up the third-most points in the league, allowing 120 per game on nearly 48 percent shooting.
The Bulls come in losers of four of their past five, while Houston has lost three of four but did win their first game without Harden. The Rockets courted the league minimum of eight players in Saturday’s loss to the Spurs because of a combination of injuries and players not cleared from their trade with the Nets yet. They will have a full complement back against Chicago, although John Wall will miss his third straight with a knee issue.
Chicago has covered in their past six games as an underdog, while the Rockets have failed to cover in their past six Monday games. Gotta hate that weekend hangover. That being said, Houston has covered in five of their past six against the Bulls with four games hitting the under.
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: Rockets 81.07% Bulls 18.93%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Rockets – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Rockets – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: – NA
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