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Rockets vs. Bulls - 3/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (37-37) at Houston Rockets (37-38)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)

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

TV: TNT

The Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets square off Thursday night at the Toyota Center.

The Chicago Bulls look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21 points and 4.4 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.6 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 4.8 assists and Doug McDermott is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last eight road games.

Rockets vs. Bulls - 3/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets also need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 46 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.6 points and 7.5 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14 points and 11.9 rebounds. Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.1 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 69.2 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last eight home games.

The Bulls are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games. The Rockets are 50-22-3 ATS in their last 75 Thursday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

The Rockets are still fighting for a playoff spot, while the Bulls appear to have given up on the season and are playing like complete crap. I'll take Houston and the reasonable line. 

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Houston Rockets -5.5

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