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(27-11) Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls (14-26)
Date: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Chicago +5
NBA Betting Total: 221
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The Rockets and Bulls—despite Chicago’s recent surge—are on opposite ends of the competitive spectrum. Houston is looking to potentially snag the No. 1 spot out West from the defending champion Golden State Warriors, while the Bulls are, in all likelihood, targeting a spot in the lottery instead of the postseason.
These two face off Monday night at 8 p.m. ET at the United Center in Chicago.
The Houston Rockets enter this contest averaging 114.8 points per contest. That number is good enough for second place in the NBA, behind only those pesky Warriors.
In terms of offensive efficiency, this group is scoring 112.7 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them at second in that particular category.
Care to take a guess as to which squad is No. 1? You guessed it. The Golden State Warriors.
That’s how good this team has been offensively this season.
Only the defending champions exceed what the Rockets have done on that end of the floor this season.
Defensively, the Rockets are giving up 107.1 points per game. That number is only good enough for 27th in the league, but that has much more to do with the team’s pace than its defensive competency.
So far this season, Houston is playing at the league’s eighth-fastest pace. That creates extra possessions, which creates extra scoring opportunities for opponents.
When looking at defensive efficiency, Houston is allowing 105.1 points per 100 possessions.
That number isn’t elite, but it does jump the Rockets up to 13th in the Association in terms of defensive efficiency.
The Chicago Bulls come into this one posting 101.7 points per game. That number puts them at 25th in the league.
In terms of offensive efficiency, this squad is averaging 100.9 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them at 28th in the NBA.
On defense, Chicago is allowing its opponents to averages 107.9 points on a nightly basis, which puts them at 23rd in the league.
When looking at defensive efficiency, the Bulls are giving up 107.8 points per 100 possessions so far this season. That number puts them at 24th in the NBA, which puts them between the No. 23 Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 25 New Orleans Pelicans.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 7-2 in HOU last 9 vs. NBA Central.
- HOU are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central.
- Over is 9-1 in CHI last 10 games as an underdog.
- CHI are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- CHI are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Free Houston Rockers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
The Rockets are the easy favorites in this one. The question is: Can they cover the five-point spread that’s been assigned to this contest?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston 05
Yes. Yes they can.
Chicago has found some success as of late, and Houston has struggled.
And yes, we know the Rockets are without MVP candidate James Harden.
But there’s no reason to believe the Rockets are going to win this one by anything less than 10 points.
Give this one to Houston by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 115 – Chicago Bulls 101
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