Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 1/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+1.5)
The Chicago Bulls (4-8) play the Houston Rockets (4-7) at United Center on Monday. Houston opens this contest as 1.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 228.
The Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs and took a loss by a score of 103-91 in their last contest. Houston finished having earned a 36.9% field goal percentage (31 of 84) and knocked down 12 of their 32 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 17 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 63.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they earned 51 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 20 assists for the matchup while earning 6 steals and 9 rejections. Pertaining to the defense, Houston let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 40 of 100 shooting. San Antonio doled out 19 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Spurs totaled 58 rebounds (17 offensive, 41 defensive) and got 7 rejections. San Antonio finished shooting 78.3% when shooting free throws by converting 18 of their 23 tries. They also made 5 of 24 tries from distance.
Christian Wood is someone who was a factor in the matchup. He had 24 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 40:46 mins and also totaled 18 rebounds. Wood finished the game at 45.0% from the floor and recorded 3 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this contest for the Rockets was Mason Jones. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also earned 4 dimes. He finished the game at 66.7% from the floor for this game by connecting on 8-of-12 (24 points). When the final whistle blew, Jones was on the court for 35:22 minutes.
Houston comes into this one with a mark of 4-7 on the campaign. They have an average of 109.3 pts per contest (21st in the league) while shooting 45.8% from the field. The Rockets are connecting on 34.5% on shots from 3-point land (143 of 414) and 73.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Houston is pulling in 43.7 boards per game and has 253 assists on the year, which has them ranked 28th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 16.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.9 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Rockets have forced 15.0 turnovers per game and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. They surrender 36.0% on 3-pointers and they are 17th in the league in PPG allowed (111.5). The Rockets are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.7% (165 of 224) and they surrender 47.5 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 4th in basketball in allowing assists with 253 conceded for the season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Chicago Bulls walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 127-125 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bulls earned 47 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for the matchup. They turned away 8 shots while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Thunder were called for 23 fouls in this contest which got the Bulls to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 72.0%. With respect to shots from distance, Chicago buried 21 of 46 tries (45.7%). When all was said and done, the Bulls finished 43 out of 91 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.3%. The Bulls permitted the Thunder to bury 48 out of their 105 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.7% in this game. They finished 33.3% from three-point range via 15 of 45 and ended up shooting 16 out of 24 from the free throw line (66.7%). Regarding attacking the glass, Chicago allowed Oklahoma City to grab 44 in total (7 offensive).
Zach LaVine pitched in for the Bulls in the game. He converted 11 out of 19 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 57.9%, which had him sitting at 35 points. LaVine collected 7 boards in his 42:31 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who came through for Chicago was Coby White. He ended up with 22 points in his 44:24 mins on the court by way of 8 out of 20 from the floor in this game. White wrapped this one up going 40.0% from the field and also earning 7 assists and 9 rebounds.
Chicago has a record of 4-8 so far this year. Chicago has accounted for 1,402 pts this year (116.8 per contest) and they collect 44.4 boards per contest. The Bulls are committing 21.8 fouls per game and they go 80.7% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which is ranked 10th in the league. They are earning an assist 25.1 times per contest (14th in the league) and they turn it over 18.3 times per game. The Bulls on defense are ranked 29th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 121.6. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.8% from the field (24th in basketball). The Chicago defense concedes 38.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (178 of 461) and their opponents are connecting on 76.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 26.1 dimes and 42.6 total boards per game, which has them ranked 22nd and 7th in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (-1.5) and under 228 points
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