Rockets vs. Bulls Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are set as a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 221 points. Houston opened as a 5-point favorite, while the total remains at 221.
Who the Public Likes: As of Monday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are on the Rockets to cover as favorites.
Injury Report: Rockets guard James Harden will miss another game tonight with a hamstring strain. Nene has missed the last two games with a knee contusion and is expected to miss at least two more. Luc Mbah a Moute is out until mid-January with a dislocated shoulder. For the Bulls, point guard Cameron Payne and combo guard Zach LaVine are targeting mid-January for their returns from injury.
Who the Trends Like: The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, but the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Chicago. Houston is 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings.
Who We Like: Houston has enough offensive pieces and the scheme to put up a lot of points even without Harden. As for the Bulls, after being in the bottom five of tempo the first quarter of the season it is an entirely different team now. The Bulls have sped up the pace considerably and now play at one of the faster tempos in the NBA. Don't look at last game as it came on the second leg of a back-to-back as Chicago was throttled 125-86 at Indiana. Prior to that, Chicago scored at least 110 points in five straight games and still managed to lose three of them. I'm pounding the over here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: ROCKETS/BULLS OVER 221