Spread: Chicago Bulls (-1)
Money Line: CHI (-115) | HOU (-105)
Tip-Off: 7:00 PM CT
Analysis and Best Bet
Led by Zach LaVine’s 38 points, the Chicago Bulls took down the Sacramento Kings, 122-114 on Saturday night. LaVine was clutch once again and it was another great game for the should be All-Star. Coby White added 19 points and Thad Young added 18 points off the bench. Winners of three out of their last five, the Bulls have climbed to 0.5 games back of the eighth seed in the East.
On the other hand, Houston is in a rough patch, losers of seven straight games. The biggest reason is due to the injuries of the Rockets stars. Victor Oladipo is doubtful with a foot injury, Christian Wood is out with an ankle injury, and DeMarcus Cousins is questionable with a sore right heel. A bigger workload has fallen on John Wall and Eric Gordon. Moreover, ex-Bull David Nwaba (8.8 PPG and 3.7 REB) has been a key contributor off the bench for Houston. At one point, Houston was on a six-game winning streak, but this seven game losing streak is pushing them down the Western Conference standings (13th in West).
The Bulls won the first meeting, 125-120. With a 13-16 record, the Bulls need to start stringing together some wins. This game is very winnable with Houston’s injuries piling up. Zach LaVine and the Bulls must take advantage. Chicago’s bench will be the x-factor in this game behind superb play from Thad Young. I like Chicago’s chances in this one with the injuries to Houston, so I’m backing the Bulls money line at -115 for a unit.