Betting on today’s Rockets and Bulls game? Catch the action at United Center in Chicago, IL, as the Bulls hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on NBCS. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 216.5 points, with the Bulls being the favored team playing at home against the Rockets.
HOUSTON ROCKETS VS CHICAGO BULLS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Houston Rockets +4
This game will be played at United Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.
WHY BET THE HOUSTON ROCKETS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 119-105 in favor of the Rockets.
- Our projections have Jalen Green finishing with Jalen Green points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Rockets finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.1% and knocking down 11 threes.
Will the Rockets Come Through as Road Underdogs?
Heading into today’s game, the Rockets are 18-17 on the season and are the 8th seed in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 4-7 compared to 14-10 against the West. In the Southwest Division, they have gone 7-2.
When playing on the road, the Rockets are 3-11 this season and have an average scoring margin of -5.4 points per game. Against the spread, they are 6-7 on the road.
When playing at home, the Rockets have a record of 15-6 and have an average scoring margin of +7.5 points per game. Against the spread, they are 15-6 at home.
As the underdog, Houston has gone 9-15 straight up and 12-11 against the spread. Their average scoring margin as the underdog is -1.2 points per game.
In 35 games, the Rockets have been the favorite in 11 games and have gone 9-2 straight up and 9-2 against the spread. Their average scoring margin as the favorite is +10 points per game.
On the season, the Rockets are averaging 112.5 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. In terms of their road scoring, they are averaging 110.6 points per game.
So far, Houston has outscored the NBA scoring average in 40% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are shooting 46% from the field, which is 24th in the league.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Rockets are hitting 36% of their shots from beyond the arc, which is 14th in the NBA. In terms of pace, Houston is 22nd in the league.
This season, the Rockets defense has been impressive, holding the 2nd position in the league while permitting an average of 110.2 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Rockets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 53.8% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 32.8% from downtown.
Does Chicago Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
At 17-21, the Bulls are 9th in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Central Division. They have won their last two games and are 4-point favorites at home today.
Against the spread, the Bulls are 19-18 this season. When playing at home, they are 12-9 straight up and 7-9 ATS. Their average scoring margin at home is +1.8 points per game.
Chicago has been the favorite in 15 of their 38 games and has a record of 9-6 in those games. Their average scoring margin as the favorite is +2.7 points per game.
So far, 29 of the Bulls’ games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 216.5 points. Their over/under record in those games is 14-14-1. On average, their games have seen a combined 220.9 points scored.
In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have gone 12-15 compared to 5-6 in non-conference games.
So far this season, the Bulls have been one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league, ranking 22nd in three-point percentage at 35%. Overall, they are 26th in made threes per game, averaging 11.5.
Chicago’s offense has been below the NBA scoring average in 71.1% of their games this season. In terms of scoring, the Bulls are 28th in the league, averaging 109.4 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Bulls are the slowest team in the NBA, averaging just 96.2 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the league with 23.6 per game.
So far this season, the Bulls defense has been performing well, ranking 6th in the NBA at 111.5 points allowed per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bulls squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.6% from downtown.