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Rockets are Struggling to Cover at Home

The Chicago Bulls have been slowly working their way up the ladder in the Eastern Conference standings and can improve to one game above .500 with a win over the Houston Rockets tonight. The Bulls opened their six-game road trip with a convincing 128-100 triumph over the OKC Thunder and are on a mini two-game winning streak after topping Philadelphia on Sunday. Sportsbooks opened the Rockets as 9-point home favorites with a total of 221.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 1-5 SU and ATS in its last six games in this matchup.
  • The Rockets are 11-0 SU in their last 11 games at home after losing their most recent home game.
  • The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after winning as an underdog.

Houston is playing in the second half of a back-to-back set after squandering a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter against Atlanta in a 113-108 loss. Don’t fault superstar James Harden for the setback, though. Harden registered 41 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Hawks to record his sixth 40-point effort in the last 19 games.

While the Bulls are starting to figure it out on the floor, the never-ending drama surrounding the team is clearly weighing on them. Jimmy Butler’s name has been floating around recently in trade rumors, while the disgruntled Rajon Rondo continues to create issues on the bench.

Houston hasn’t been getting the job done when it comes to covering the spread in Texas. The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Houston Rockets as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -9-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 221 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 113-111 victory for the Rockets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets are 36-17 so far on the NBA season, and 30-23 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, are 25-25 and 24-26 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 27-25-1 and the Bulls go 20-30 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Chicago injuries news.

The OddsShark betting Power Rankings have the Houston Rockets at No. 7 and the Chicago Bulls at No. 9 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (113.96 PPG) against a Chicago Bulls defense that ranks No. 5 at 101.6 PPG. The Houston Rockets have averaged 46.55% from the field per game, more than the Chicago Bulls have managed so far this NBA season (43.88% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Oklahoma City out of the gym and running up a 128-100 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Rockets got a terrific 41-point performance from James Harden but Atlanta handed them a 113-108 defeat on Thursday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
  • Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Sacramento, Monday, February 6th
Houston home to Orlando, Tuesday, February 7th