3-1 in their last 4, the streaking Chicago Bulls are looking to continue their good fortune against a battered and bruised Houston Rockets’ squad.
The Rockets are currently on a 7 game skid since the losses of Christian Wood, Victor Oladipo, and recent departure of DeMarcus Cousins. They are also sure to have been disrupted by the winter storm that left many across the state without access to electricity and safe drinking water. Eric Gordon and John Wall are poised to take on the scoring burden for the offense tonight because they’re the only ones who can. Gordon and Wall chucking 3’s and barreling into the lane hardly qualifies as an offense, but hey, we’ve lost 7 games in a row alright? We’re WELL aware that’s the case.
Zach LaVine and the Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot: Too good to be bad and too bad to be good. Zach LaVine has been putting up great numbers as of late – recently putting up 38 points in a win over Sacramento – but the other Bulls have not. The team has really been struggling to find an identity outside of handing Zach LaVine the ball. Coby White, Lauri Markannen, and Patrick Williams have all made cases to be the 2nd or 3rd option behind LaVine but they are still to unreliable and inconsistent to be confidently handed the spare key to Billy Donovan’s offense.
As for tonight, look for the Bulls to absolutely dominate the inside. The Rockets guards are great rebounders relative to other guards, but they’re still not forwards or centers. I honestly think Wendell Carter can surpass his career-high mark of 17 rebounds tonight. LaVine will have trouble on the perimeter with Nwaba and Wall out there, but he and his two fully-functional Achilles Tendons can blow right past them to a rim that is relatively unprotected.
Now the Bulls aren’t great on defense whatsoever, but the Rockets are so under-equipped that tonight it won’t matter. Their offense will be more than capable of masking their defensive inefficiencies.
Over/Under – Set at 227, take the under. The Rockets barely have any firepower and are going to use their limited energy to make it as tough as possible for Zach Lavine, the Bulls only reliable scorer, to put up points.
Bulls vs Rockets Spread – The line is set at Bulls -1. Which means they have to win by 2 or more. 2 points. Yeah, the Bulls are going to cover.