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Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets - 11/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Rockets (2-5) at Chicago Bulls (2-7)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +8 -- Over/Under: 226
TV Channel
WGN, ATSW
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NBA | Houston Rockets (2-5) at Chicago Bulls (2-7)
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The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Houston Rockets look for another victory to rebound from a poor 2-5 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.3 points on 49 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and nine assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19 points and 8.3 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won two of their first three road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 109.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 118.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 28.1 points and 3.6 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost three straight home games.

The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league out of the gate, and they're now getting a Houston Rockets team that found something in Brooklyn last night and gets back James Harden. Assuming the Rockets play a lick of defense, they should be able to run away with this contest. So, I'll lay the chalk.

Pick:
Houston Rockets -8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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