Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Timing is everything A month ago, a Rockets-Bulls game looked like a guaranteed Rockets win. Yet here we are, with Houston losers of seven of their last nine games and Chicago on a 11-6 stretch.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, Butler scored 24 points in his return from a strained left knee, and the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Gasol hit four free throws after Patrick Beverley nailed a 3-pointer to cut it to 104-100 with 34.8 seconds remaining. And Chicago withstood a late rally to avoid matching its longest skid even though James Harden scored 36 for Houston. The Bulls also moved a half-game ahead of Detroit for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t ever think that we’re gonna lose,” Butler said.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Gasol delivered his 35th double-double and Butler added 11 rebounds after missing the previous 11 games.

The Houston Rockets hit the road to take on the Chicago Bulls for a Monday night contest. The two teams will matchup for the first time this season. Houston has lost seven of their last nine games. The Rockets are second in the league in scoring (114.8 ppg), but they’re 21st in defense (107.1 ppg). With James Harden out with hamstring strain, the Rockets offense will be led by Chris Paul. Paul is averaging 17.2 points, 9.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. Chicago has lost four of their last five games.

Trends:

The Houston Rockets are:

3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central.

1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls are:

7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.

7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.

Houston has the massive edge with Paul and Gordon in the perimeter. However the Bulls have been a tough out and have talent down low with Mirotic and Markkanen. Look for the Bulls to keep the game close if they don’t win outright.

IN BRIEF:

Rockets

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls The Rockets have lost seven of their past nine games, and four of their past five road games … The Rockets swept last season’s games against the Bulls after losing four of the previous five meetings … The Rockets have had the 28th ranked defense in their past 10 games … Forward/guard Gerald Green has averaged 19.8 points in 27.9 minutes per game on 53.2 percent shooting in his past five games … Since moving into the starting lineup, Eric Gordon has averaged 6.7 assists. He averaged 1.2 assists in his previous 18 games … In the past 15 games, P.J. Tucker has made 25.6 percent of his 3s, Ryan Anderson 24.6 percent … Center Nene (bruised right knee), guard James Harden (strained hamstring) and forwards Luc Mbah a Moute (dislocated shoulder) and Troy Williams (knee) are out.

Bulls

The Bulls won in Dallas on Friday to snap a three-game losing streak, scoring a season-high 127 points, but were blown out in Indianapolis in the second half of the back-to-back … The Bulls have gone 10-6 since Dec. 8, when forward Nikola Mirotic returned from facial fractures suffered in a preseason fight with teammate Bobby Portis, going 7-2 at home in that stretch … The Bulls’ 425 3-pointers are a franchise record through 40 games, though they rank 14th in the NBA in 3s per game … The Bulls are the 29th ranked offensive team, but rank 14th since their turnaround beginning Dec. 8 … Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points, making 46.5 percent of his 3s to rank third in the NBA … Forward Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points per game, fourth among rookies. His 7.5 rebounds per game rank second … Guards Zach LaVine (left ACL) and Cameron Payne (right foot) are out. Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls.

Rockets: F Michael Beasley played 4:16 after signing with Houston on Friday. The second overall pick in the 2008 draft, he spent this season in the Chinese Basketball Association and had not played in an NBA game since last year with Miami. “We’re not going to throw him right into the fire so he has a chance to succeed,” Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

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