Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Game Information
Houston Rockets (4-7) vs. Chicago Bulls (5-8)
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: United Center
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, NBC Sports Chicago
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Rockets -116 / Bulls -102) (Current: Rockets -102 / Bulls -116)
Spread: (Open: Rockets -1) (Current: Bulls -1)
Total: (Open: Off the Board) (Current: Off the Board)
NBA Championship Odds: Rockets +12000 / Bulls +25000
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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls News and Notes
The Rockets listed eight players on their injury report: Eric Gordon (lower leg) and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) are listed as probable, while Sterling Brown (lower leg) is listed as questionable. John Wall (knee), Brodric Thomas (ankle), Daniel House Jr. (COVID-19 protocols) are all expected to be out until January 20th. Dante Exum (calf) is out until March, while Chris Clemons (Achilles) is done for the season.
The Chicago Bulls list only two-player on their injury report: Chandler Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky are both in the league’s COVID-19 protocols but could be available if there are no setbacks in their final testing.
- Chicago is on a 6-1 ATS run.
- Chicago is on a 4-0 ATS run at home against a team under .500 on the road.
- Houston is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
- Houston is 0-6 ATS in their last six games played on Monday.
- Houston is on a 1-4 ATS run as an underdog.
- The total is 7-3 to the under in the last 10 meetings.
- The total is 4-0 to the over in Chicago’s last four games after an ATS win.
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Predictions and Picks
This line opened with Houston as a short road favorite, and it’s completely flipped with Chicago now a one-point favorite. So what changed? Well, the Rockets are dealing with a litany of injuries within their squad. As many as eight players are listed on their injury report, with John Wall being the biggest loss. The Rockets have had to adjust this season: First without Russell Westbrook, and now James Harden. Houston is just 4-7 on the season and 4-7 against the spread. This team is clearly short of some firepower as TeamRankings has them 23rd in offensive efficiency (1.039), but they’ve been even worse over their last three games — dead-last with a 0.948 efficiency.
I don’t think a depleted Rockets team can hang with a Bulls squad that comes into this game fairly healthy. Don’t let Chicago’s 5-8 record fool you. This is a team you want in your pocket when you leave the betting window. Chicago is 9-4 against the spread this season, and I think oddsmakers are continuously mispricing them. The Bulls are 1-4 in the last five games, but all four losses have been by an average of 2.75 points, with two of them coming in consecutive games against the Lakers and Clippers.
Chicago is coming off a road win against Dallas yesterday. This young Bulls team has done well in games when playing on short rest: Chicago is 2-1 ATS this season when playing on back-to-back days, and 8-4 ATS in this spot dating back to last season.
My model shows a three-point edge with Chicago, which provides me some value at the current number. I like the Bulls to get the job done tonight on MLK day.
The Pick: Bulls -1