Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 2/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+1)
Toyota Center is the site where and the Houston Rockets (11-17) will take on the Chicago Bulls (13-16) on Monday. Houston opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The over/under is set at 227.5.
The Chicago Bulls played the Sacramento Kings and went home with a win by a final score of 122-114 in their last contest. Chicago ended the contest with a 59.8% field goal percentage (49 out of 82) and made 11 out of their 23 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 13 of their 15 tries for a rate of 86.7%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 38 with 2 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 24 assists in the game as well as earning 5 steals and 8 blocks. Pertaining to defense, Chicago allowed the other team to go 44.9% from the floor on 44 of 98 shooting. Sacramento earned 22 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Kings collected 41 boards (12 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Sacramento ended up shooting 81.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 18 of 22 tries. They knocked down 8 out of their 29 shots from beyond the arc.
Zach LaVine is a guy who played a role in this game. He racked up 38 points on 15 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 35:52 mins played and collected 4 rebounds. LaVine finished the contest at 75.0% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Bulls was Coby White. He collected 3 rebounds and also had 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 42.9% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-14 (19 points). When the game finished, White played 35:04 minutes.
Chicago will enter this matchup with a mark of 13-16 so far this season. They have an average of 114.5 pts per contest (9th in the NBA) while going 48.0% from the field. The Bulls are connecting on 37.7% on three-point shots (382 of 1,013) and 80.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Chicago is snagging 44.0 boards per game and is sitting with 760 assists on the campaign, which is 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 16.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 20.6 personal fouls every game. On defense, the Bulls are able to force 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They are surrendering 35.8% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 27th in the NBA in opponents points per game (115.3). The Bulls defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.5% (415 of 571) and they concede 43.1 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 9th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 678 surrendered on the year.
When they last played, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a score of 118-113 when they played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Rockets corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the contest. They turned away 6 shots while getting 13 steals in the matchup. The 76ers were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which took the Rockets to the free throw line for 18 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 77.8%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Houston knocked down 15 of their 47 tries (31.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets shot 42 for 92 from the floor which had them shooting 45.7%. The Rockets permitted the 76ers to make 39 of their 81 attempts from the field which left them shooting 48.1% in the matchup. They finished shooting 46.2% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 12 of 26 and ended up going 28 of 32 at the free throw line (87.5%). When discussing attacking the glass, Houston permitted Philadelphia to snag 47 in total (7 on the offensive side).
John Wall was important for the Rockets in this game. He converted 11 out of 24 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 45.8%, which earned him 28 points. Wall pulled down 3 boards in his 35:54 minutes of playing time and accounted for 7 dimes for the contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Houston was DeMarcus Cousins. He scored 19 points in his 36:35 mins played by going 6 out of 12 from the floor for the game. Cousins wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field and also totaling 4 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Houston has a record of 11-17 on the season. The Rockets are committing 20.5 fouls every game and they go 75.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.1 times per contest (26th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.3 times per game. Houston has scored 3,062 points on the season (109.4 per game) and they snag 43.6 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Rockets are shooting 44.8% from the field, which is ranked 25th in basketball. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.3. The Houston defense gives up 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (331 of 913) and opponents are making 77.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 22.8 dimes and 47.4 boards on a nightly basis, which is 4th and 27th in basketball. They have forced 15.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+1)
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