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Bulls vs. Rockets - 3/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (30-31) at Chicago Bulls (30-30)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +1 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC, ESPN3

The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls square off Saturday night at the United Center.

The Houston Rockets need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.7 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.9 points and 12 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.7 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last nine road games.

Bulls vs. Rockets - 3/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 16.5 points and 4.8 assists. Doug McDermott is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is dishing 1.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won three of their last four home games.

The Rockets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Bulls aren't playing a lick of defense since the All Star break, and that's not a good thing when going up against a Houston club that can fill it up. I have a little more confidence in the Rockets than I do the Bulls with the way both teams are playing right now. 

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Houston Rockets -1

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