How To Bet The Chicago vs Houston NBA Betting Guide
The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls both have their fair share of desperation as they try to secure playoff berths in their respective conferences. The Rockets are narrowly holding on to the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race, but they’re just one half-game ahead of ninth place Dallas. The Bulls are currently on the outside looking in as they sit two games behind Indiana for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now, with both of these ballclubs completely desperate, let’s find out which one will win this intriguing pairing. Find out the latest NBA betting odds here.
How To Bet The Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets NBA Betting Guide
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: TNT, Sportsnet One
Radio: ESPN 1000 AM / WRTO 1200, 790 AM, SiriusXM NBA
Live Stream: NBA Stream
NBA Line: TBA
Why Bet the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls (37-37 SU, 31-43 ATS) snapped their four-game losing streak by squeaking past Indiana 98-96 on Tuesday night while covering the spread as a 6-point road dog. Chicago got a game-high 28 points from sweet-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic while all-star shooting guard Jimmy Butler nailed a game-winner in the paint with 3.7 seconds left to lift the Bulls to victory.
Mirotic drained a huge three-pointer to tie the score at 96-all with 2:19 remaining in regulation. “My teammates tried to find me and Coach (Hoiberg) called some plays for me,” Mirotic said. “So I found some open shots. It’s about defense. When we play good defense. The offense is coming.”
Why Bet the Houston Rockets
The Rockets (37-38 SU, 33-42 ATS) roared back from a 20-point deficit to beat the struggling and LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers 106-100 on Tuesday while covering the spread as a 2-point road dog. All-star shooting guard James Harden scored a team-high 27 points while outscoring the Cavs 18-16 all by himself in the final period.
“In these situations, time and time again, we channel something special and unique when we get down,” Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Desperation has to be the feeling, not panic when we get down — and that’s who we’ve been. Every game matters from this point on because we’re trying to extend our season.”
Expert Score and Final Prediction
To get right to the point, I like the Houston Rockets to get the narrow win at home to keep their playoff hopes alive, although I do expect Chicago to out up a great effort in this contest. The Bulls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and the home team in this series is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings while the favorite in this series has gone 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. I also really like the over in this contest with the way the Bulls have forgotten to play defense this season and the way Houston doesn’t play any either. The Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Houston and 20-8 in the last 28 meetings overall.
My final score prediction is Houston 111 Chicago 104