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Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls - 3/13/14

Houston Rockets (44-20) at Chicago Bulls (35-29)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds


The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls will meet Thursday night in what should be an interesting night of NBA hoops. This is the second and final meeting between these teams, as the Rockets won the previous matchup back in December.

The Rockets had their five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Still, in their last five games, they’re averaging 107 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32 points in his last four games, and they’ve scored more than 100 points in 14 of their last 17 games. On the road, the Rockets average 105.5 points and allow 104.5 points. They are 33-29-2 ATS overall and 16-15 ATS on the road.

Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls - 3/13/14

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The Bulls have lost three of their last five games and are coming off a 104-96 loss to the Spurs. During their little inconsistent run, they’re averaging 90.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 93.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Point guard D.J. Augustine has been a real help to the offense, as he’s scored 22 or more points in three of his last four games. The Bulls have also allowed less than 100 points in seven of their last eight games. At home, they average 94.2 points and give up 90 points. They are 33-31 ATS overall and 16-15 ATS at home.

The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, while the Bulls are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU loss. The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings against Chicago and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games played in Chicago.

While the trends may lean in Houston’s favor, I like the Bulls to pull off the upset here. Houston is a finesse team that doesn’t want to get dirty defensively and grind games out. The last time the Rockets played a team like the Bulls, they lost back-to-back games to Memphis.

I’ll take the Bulls and the points, but I don’t think we’re going to need them. 

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