Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls - 12/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (14-18) vs Houston Rockets (9-23)

Game Info: Monday, December 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -8 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls meet Monday in NBA action at the United Center. The Houston Rockets have lost 5 straight games. The Chicago Bulls have won 3 straight games.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game.

The Chicago Bulls are averaging 113.3 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.8 points and 4.9 assists, while Zach LaVine is averaging 22.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Patrick Williams is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.

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The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The under is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 road games. The over is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 Monday games. The under is 10-1 in Bulls last 11 Monday games. The under is 7-2-1 in Bulls last 10 home games.

I'm not sure what the Chicago Bulls have done to deserve to be laying these sorts of numbers, but I'm not buying it. The Bulls still get outscored by an average on the year, and they're losing their last 5 games by an average of 6.8 points despite 3 straight victories. The Houston Rockets aren't world beaters by any means, and they can throw out some real stinkers, but we're getting a lot of free points here. The Rockets are 13-8 ATS this season when an underdog of 7.5 or more points. I'll take a shot with the road dog.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +8

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