At 8:00 ET, the 9th ranked Bulls (34-35) will travel to Houston to take on the 11th ranked Rockets (33-35). The Rockets are currently favored by 3.5 points and have won 6 in a row. The over/under line is set at 217.5.

This non-conference matchup will be played at the Toyota Center and can be seen on NBCS.


The Pick: Chicago Bulls +3.5

This game will be played at Toyota Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, March 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-108 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Our projections have DeMar DeRozan finishing with DeMar DeRozan points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bulls finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.6% and knocking down 11 threes.

Will Chicago Make it Happen on the Road?

In their last game against the Trail Blazers, the Bulls won by a score of 110-107. The O/U line for that game was 213.5 points.

Chicago has won two straight games and is currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 34-35. In the Central Division, they are in 4th place.

This season, the Bulls have an average scoring differential of -3.0 points per game on the road. Their overall road record is 16-18.

Against the spread, the Bulls are 35-33 for the season and 18-15 on the road. As underdogs, they are 21-19 ATS and 15-25 straight-up.

This season, the Bulls have gone 37-31-1 on the O/U, and their games have averaged 225.6 points per game. The O/U line for today’s game is 217.5, and the Bulls have gone over the line in their last four games.

Looking at their season-long record vs. the Western Conference, the Bulls are 16-13 compared to 18-22 against the East. Today, they are 3.5-point underdogs.

This season, the Bulls are 23rd in the NBA in scoring at 112 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 112.5 points per game compared to 111.5 at home.

So far, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40.6% of their games. In terms of pace, Chicago is 25th in the league at 97 possessions per game.

Chicago is 20th in field goal percentage at 46% and 22nd in true shooting percentage. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 20th in three-point percentage and 25th in three-point makes at 11.7 per game.

On average, the Chicago defense is giving up 113.6 points per game (14th). Right now, they are on a 5 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Opponents are hitting 56.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.5% of their three-point attempts.

Does Houston Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Today, the Rockets are favored by 3.5 points at home against the Bulls. This season, Houston has been favored in 24 of their 68 games and has a record of 19-5 in those games. As the favorite, they have won five straight games and have an ATS record of 16-8.

Houston’s O/U record for the season is 31-37, and the over has hit in their last three games. On average, their games have finished with 226.1 points, and today’s O/U line is set at 217.5.

In their most recent game, the Rockets defeated the Wizards by a score of 137-114. The O/U line for that game was 226.5, and Houston covered the spread as 10-point favorites.

With a 33-35 record, the Rockets are currently 11th in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 11-16 and 22-19 against Western Conference opponents.

For the season, the Rockets have an ATS record of 38-29, including a mark of 24-10 at home. They have covered the spread in four straight home games and are 6-2 ATS as the favorite.

At home, the Rockets are averaging 115.7 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 17th in scoring at 113.6 points per game. Houston has outscored the NBA scoring average in 42.6% of their games this season.

In terms of pace, the Rockets are 14th in the league at 99.2 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, they are 26th in the NBA at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, Houston is 27th in the league at 35%.

So far this season, the Rockets are 7th in free throw attempts per game at 23.7. When it comes to assists, they are 25th in the NBA at 24.8 assists per game.

On defense, the Rockets come into the game ranked 11th in the league in points allowed at 112.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 112 points per contest (30th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Rockets are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 11th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 24th in blocked shots at 4.6 per game.