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(22-23) Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets (18-28)
Date: Friday February 3rd, 2017
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -9
NBA Betting Total: 221
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Coming off a fantastic 28-point blowout win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Chicago Bulls continue its road trip in Houston against the James Harden-led Rockets.
Houston, on the second of a back-to-back after facing Atlanta, continue its homestand and look to take care of a Bulls team that has somehow stayed at .500 even through all the drama.
Through the drama in the media with Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade as it pertained to Rajon Rondo, through Rondo’s retorts on social media, through the jabs at coach Fred Hoiberg not having control of his locker room, somehow the Bulls remain at .500 and in the playoff hunt.
The Eastern Conference certainly isn’t as strong as it was a year ago, but it’s surprising that the team with the most drama in the league not based in New York is still sitting in a playoff spot right now.
A lot can be put on the team defense in regards to that. Chicago has one of the better defenses, ranking 5th in opponent’s points per game and gives up just 101.6 per game.
The scoring has been better over the last couple games as well, after being one of the lowest scoring offenses in the league for the majority of the year. Chicago put up 128 on the Thunder and 121 on a 76ers team that has vastly improved.
Despite the drama involving him, Jimmy Butler has been the man for this team on offense. He is having a wonderful season, averaging 24.7 points per game on 46% shooting.
Averaging over 114 points per game, the Houston Rockets are 2nd best in the league in scoring the ball. The Rockets have a fantastic perimeter shooting game, one that seems the team take an average of 39 3-pointers per night.
The Rockets overwhelm teams with its fast-paced, live-by-the-three style of play. Led by James Harden, Houston is all but assured of a trip to the playoffs and are looking to continue winning in order to grab that coveted 2nd seed away from the Spurs.
Newly minted point guard James Harden has been wonderful for Houston. He’s averaging a double-double with 28.4 points and 11.5 assists per game. He also shoots a pretty decent 44.4% from the field, while shooting 34% from downtown.
Off the bench, Eric Gordon has been a big help for this Rockets team. His 3-point shooting has been lights out at nearly 40% and he averages about 17.3 points per game.
This Rockets team is hard to stop, especially when the 3s start raining down. However, as the phrase says, if the Rockets don’t live by the three, they often die by it.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Chicago is 3-2 ATS in the last five games
- Houston is 1-4 ATS in the last five games
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Despite a great defense, it’s going to be tough to stop James Harden and a Houston team that has a great perimeter game. Look for Chicago to keep it close but Houston to pull away late thanks to the 3-point shooting. Houston gets the W.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 221
Chicago’s offense has played up to its competition recently and Houston is certainly good competition. With how many 3s the Rockets get per game, the Bulls will have to score to keep up.
I like the OVER here.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago Bulls 105 – Houston Rockets 119
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