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Rockets on the road versus the Bulls

The Houston Rockets are on a five-game ATS winning streak against the Chicago Bulls as those two teams meet for the second time this season in NBA betting action on Thursday.

The Rockets topped the Bulls 109-94 and paid off as an 8-point favorite on the NBA betting lines in the first meeting of the season between the teams on December 18. That was the fourth OVER result in their past five matchups.

The Bulls sit at 35-29 (33-31 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 44-20 (33-28-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Chicago is 26-38 OU, and Houston is 29-33-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

The Rockets were listed as -4-point favorites at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 194 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 9 (Bulls) and the No. 3 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 95-92 result in favor of the Rockets is predicted by handicapping models.

Houston lost its last outing, a 106-98 result against the Thunder on March 11. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 204 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Rockets wasted a 28-point performance from James Harden as Oklahoma City ran past them 106-98 on Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Chicago was a 104-96 loser in its last match at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 200 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Bulls endured a 104-96 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Tuesday, despite a 24-point effort from D.J. Augustin at United Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 93.12 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 17 at 101.67 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.05% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.47% per game.

A few Rockets at Bulls trends to consider:
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston's last 17 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
Chicago is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
Chicago is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Miami, Sunday, March 16th
Chicago home to Sacramento, Saturday, March 15th