Chicago Bulls (24-49) at Houston Rockets (60-14)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Rockets -18 -- Over/Under: 217.5
The Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Chicago Bulls could use a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 16.7 points and three assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost 11 of their last 13 road games.
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling while building on their nine-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.7 points and 8.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.8 points and 7.9 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets haven’t lost a home game since January 4.
The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southwest, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings.
It's not often you see NBA lines this massive, and there's reason to consider the Bulls and the points, as you open yourself to a backdoor cover when the Rockets call off the dogs. However, the Chicago Bulls aren't putting an NBA roster on the floor these days and are being outscored by 18.2 points in their last five games. Despite being underdogs nightly, the Bulls have failed to cover 10 of their last 12 on the road. I wouldn't touch this game personally, but if forced to pick, it's fair more likely the Rockets win big than the Bulls keep it close.