Bulls vs. Rockets - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (23-10) at Chicago Bulls (24-10)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN Houston, CSNC
The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls square off Monday night at the United Center.
The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 100.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.2 points and 6.6 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 18 points and 11.3 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 35.7 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets shaky last few games starts with poor shooting from deep, as they’re knocking down just 34.8 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Rockets average 34 threes per game, so it’s critical they shoot the ball better from the outside if they’re going to win consistently.
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The Chicago Bulls are looking like a true contender with nine wins in their last 10 games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18 points and 11.2 rebounds. Derrick Rose is producing 4.8 assists and Taj Gibson is shooting 52.2 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls continue to win games despite shooting just 39.6 percent from the field in their last five games. Still, the Bulls have topped 100 points in seven of their last 10 games and are looking like one of the top teams in the East. Mike Dunleavy is expected to miss this game with an ankle injury.
The Rockets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win. The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference. The Rockets are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Rockets are too up-and-down for my taste and aren't hitting their outside shots. I like the home team and the small chalk.