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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/18/13

Chicago Bulls (9-14) at Houston Rockets (16-9)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets play host to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night from the Toyota Center.

Head to head, the Bulls are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls on the other hand are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

You know how the Portland Trail Blazers are must see TV these days, well the Chicago Bulls are the opposite of that. Yes injuries have ruined their season once again, but this team is borderline un-watchable at the moment. If Mike Dunleavy had not hit a meaningless half-court buzzer-beating shot in their 83-82 home loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night, the Bulls would of finished in the 70's in scoring for the fifth time in their last six outings. Just think about that for a second, that's five times out of six failing to score 80 points or more. Things should improve with the return of Jimmy Butler, who was clearly rusty against the magic as he missed 10 of his 11 shots for the game.

Things could be better in Houston too as the Rockets come into tonight's game having dropped two of three and have injury clouds hovering over a couple of their stars. While Chandler Parson is expected to play, James Harden and Jeremy Lin are both questionable with nagging injuries. On the plus side, Houston has played well in Harden's absence as they have won three of four, including a pair of home wins by a combined 40 points. The Rockets will also be seeking their nine win in 10 home games.

You just can't make a compelling case here for the Bulls anyway you look at it. This team just can't score at the moment and they are coming up against the second highest scoring team in the league...

Dan’s Pick: Houston -7.5

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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/18/13

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