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NBA Predictions: Will Rockets, Bulls light up scoreboard? 1/8/18

Is the over a strong play for bettors tonight when the Houston Rockets play at the Chicago Bulls? Action starts at 8PM ET.

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.

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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

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Will the Baltimore Orioles cap off their series with the Oakland Athletics with a win when these two meet today at 4:05PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Orioles are favored on the road today, as they are getting odds of -120 to win. The Athletics are listed with a money line of +100 to win, while the over/under total for the game has been set at 9.5 runs.

The pitching matchup for today has Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.08 ERA) on the mound for Baltimore to face Kendall Graveman (2-3, 4.97) of the Athletics. Hellickson is making his third start with Baltimore. He has allowed three runs over 13 innings in his two prior starts with the team. This season he has 77 strikeouts with 32 walks, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Graveman has struggled recently, allowing 17 runs over his last four starts, a total of 20 innings. He has 34 strikeouts with 16 walks over 10 starts and a 1.42 WHIP.

Baltimore has won two of three in this series thus far, picking up a 7-2 win on Thursday and a 12-5 win on Saturday. Oakland had a 5-4 win on Friday. The Orioles now sit at 58-59 overall and 23-36 on the road. Oakland is 51-66 overall and 32-29 at home.

Saturday saw the Orioles post seven runs in the opening inning and never look back. Baltimore finished with 20 hits. Sean Manaea was pulled after recording just one out. He allowed six runs on six hits to take his seventh loss of the season. Dylan Bundy was able to cruise with the run support, allowing three runs in six innings to get his 12th win of the season. The Orioles managed all of their runs without a single home run. Tim Beckham led the way with four hits and three RBI while Adam Jones had three hits and drove in three. Khris Davis connected on his 32nd home run of the season to lead Oakland.

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Baltimore has shown itself to be the better team at the plate in this series and I think the Orioles have the edge on the mound today as well. Hellickson seems to be settling in nicely with Baltimore and can produce another good start against a lackluster Oakland offense. The Baltimore hitters should be able to get to Graveman, who has looked really rough in recent starts.

MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BALTIMORE ORIOLES -120

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