Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets Prediction 3/21/2024

The Chicago Bulls (34-35) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (33-35) on Thursday, March 21st. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

Bulls vs Rockets

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The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win

The Bulls notched a win against the Trail Blazers in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 110-107. The Bulls tipped off as -8.5-point favorites, but despite their 3 point victory, they couldn’t cover the spread. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 213.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.

On the road, the Bulls are 16-18 this season and have a 18-17 record at home. Overall, they are 34-35 as they look to beat the Rockets.

Chicago has an overall ATS record of 35-33 for the season so far. As the favorite this season, Chicago is 14-14 vs. the spread while going 21-19 as the underdog.

The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win

The Rockets notched a win against the Wizards in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 137-114. Not only did the Rockets win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -10 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 226.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.

In their quest to reach .500, the Rockets have gone 33-35 this season. When playing Western Conference teams, the Rockets are 22-19 while going 11-16 in non-conference games.

Houston has an overall ATS record of 38-29 as they come into today’s game. This season, Houston has a 16-8 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 22-21 when playing as underdogs.

Bulls Offense Breakdown

Through 69 games the Bulls are averaging 112 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA.

The Bulls are 23rd in the NBA in scoring at 112 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 112.5 points per game. Chicago has outscored the league average in 40.6% of their games.

Chicago is 20th in the NBA in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Bulls are 25th in made threes and 20th in three-point shooting percentage.

When it comes to pace, the Bulls are 25th in the league. In terms of two-point shooting, Chicago is 22nd in shooting percentage. They are 8th in offensive rebounds but just 24th in assists.

Rockets Offense Breakdown

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In 68 games games, Houston has an average of 113.6 points per game (17th).

At home, the Rockets have been averaging 115.7 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 17th in the league with 113.6 points per game. In terms of pace, Houston is 14th in the NBA with an average of 99.2 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Rockets have been efficient from two-point range, making 52% of their attempts (24th). However, they are just 27th in three-point shooting at 35%. So far this season, Houston has made an average of 12.2 three-pointers per game (19th).

When compared to the NBA scoring average, the Rockets have been below it in 57.4% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 25th in the league with an average of 24.8 per game. At the free-throw line, Houston is 9th in made free throws at 18.2 per game.

Bulls Team Defense

On defense, the Bulls come into the game ranked 14th in the league in points allowed at 113.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 110.3 points per contest (23rd). On two point field goal attempts, the Bulls’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.1% and allowing 36.5% from beyond the arc.

Rockets Team Defense

So far, the Rockets defense is giving up 112.5 points per contest, which has them sitting 11th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in two straight matchups. The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.

Key Players For The Bulls And Rockets

Our game forecasts for today suggest that DeMar DeRozan is set to be the main scorer for the Bulls, recording 23 points and shooting 8/17 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.2 points per game, in addition to 4.3 rebounds.

As for Houston, Jalen Green is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 19, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 42%, and he is contributing 19.1 points per game on average.

Bulls vs Rockets Trends

  • Although Chicago has a straight up record of 7-3 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 7-3. The team averaged 117 points per game in these games.
  • The Rockets are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games and 3-0 straight-up.
  • As the betting underdog, the Bulls have an ATS mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
  • Houston has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.

Bulls vs Rockets Prediction

As the underdogs with a spread of +3.5, we recommend going with the Bulls on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 217.5 and given that our model is projecting 215 points between the teams, we like the under.

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