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(44-21) Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls (31-33)
Date: Friday March 25
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center – Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets -110, Bulls -110
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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It is an East vs. West showdown this Friday between two probable playoff teams in their respective conferences. The Houston Rockets will travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls have a slight advantage in the all-time series (68-65), but the Rockets took the last meeting between these two, winning an overtime thriller 121-117 on February 3rd.
The Rockets dropped their second straight game on Wednesday, falling at home to the Utah Jazz 115-108. They still hold the 3rd spot in the West but need to get back on the winning track on this one.
Chicago has also struggled as of late, losing three straight. They fell 98-91 to the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday.
Chicago is currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, but is barely holding the last playoff spot.
The Rockets are still in the 3rd spot in the Western Conference, but saw their lead over the Utah Jazz slimmed to three games with Wednesday’s loss.
It was their second loss in a row, as they fell to the second place team in the West, the San Antonio Spurs, on Monday.
Although this is not a conference game, the Rockets will need a win here to get back on the right track, after dropping two straight to the teams they are fighting for playoff positioning.
Houston has the 2nd best scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 115.1 points per game.
They rank 13th in rebounding with 43.8 and 2nd in assists with 25.3 per contest. Defense has been the problem for the Rockets; they allow which 108.4 points per game which ranks 24th in the league.
James Harden leads the way for the Rockets, averaging 29.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and a league-leading 11.2 assists per game.
Eric Gordon contributes 16.9 points, and Ryan Anderson averages 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds a night.
The Bulls have struggled mightily over the last week, losing three games in row and four of their last four. They led through most of Wednesday’s game against Orlando, only to see the Magic storm back to tie the game at the end of the 3rd and eventually win it 98-91.
Chicago desperately needs to turn things around quickly. They are barely clinging to the final playoff spot in the East, with both the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks only one game behind them.
Chicago does not blow anyone away with their offense, averaging only 102.3 points per game which is 24th in the league. They rank 3rd in rebounding with 46.2 and 19th in assists with 21.7 per contest.
The Bulls have the 7th best scoring defense, allowing only 103.1 points per game.
Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 23.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Dwyane Wade is expected to be healthy for this game, and he is contributing 18.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a night.
Robin Lopez adds 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in last 4 road games
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games overall
- Bulls are 2-5 ATS in last 7 games against Western Conference
Free Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Both teams are currently on losing streaks, but the two losses for the Rockets came to top-tier playoff teams. The Bulls have lost three games in a row to less than stellar competition.
Both teams need a turnaround game here, but the Rockets are clearly the better team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -4.5
Wade’s return will help the Bulls, but they will not be able to keep up with the high-powered Houston offense.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 112 – Chicago 107
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