If NBA basketball bettors will pardon the pun, life has not been a bed of “roses” for the Chicago Bulls this season. Their MVP point guard has just undergone major knee surgery, which has put him out another year. And they can’t shoot.
They’ll take these problems and more into a Wednesday night game against the Houston Rockets, which is slated to begin at 9:35 PM ET at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The Rockets have responded to the acquisition of center Dwight Howard (averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds) by posting a 16-9 straight-up record, with a 13-11 mark against the basketball pointspread. The Bulls are 9-14 straight-up with a 7-16 record against the NBA odds.
At BetAnySports, the pro basketball line on this game had yet to be posted as of late Tuesday night, due to uncertainty over an injury to James Harden, the high-scoring guard for the Rockets. Harden has been averaging 24.7 points per game, but went down against Sacramento three nights ago in a 106-91 loss with what he described as the worst high ankle sprain of his career. When it happened he still hadn’t taken himself out of the game, but instead stepped to the free throw line and hit two shots standing on his right foot, with his left foot in the air.
As of Tuesday, however, he was not able to run, so he will likely be a game-time decision for coach Kevin McHale, who is returning to the team from a week off after the death of his mother (Kelvin Sampson had taken over in the interim).
That is not the only injury question for Houston, though. Jeremy Lin has back spasms and couldn’t even sit down on the flight back from Sacramento. Chandler Parsons has had back issues as well, but it is much more likely that he’ll play. Omar Asik, who is Howard’s backup, is out with a thigh injury, although the word from the grapevine is that the team is actively seeking to trade Asik this week.
The Bulls’ injury problems are a lot more appropriate for the “heartache” category, as they will be without their best player for the rest of the season….once again.
In a November 22 game against Portland, Derrick Rose tore his right meniscus and has surgery three days later. It’s devastating, especially since he took extra time to rehabilitate from his ACL injury last season.
Look, let’s not make believe the presence of Rose was going to automatically turn the Bulls into title contenders. With him they were 6-5, and his numbers were not good, as he was averaging 3.4 turnovers to go with his 4.3 assists, and was shooting just 35.4% from the field. But disaster has struck since he’s been gone; as BetAnySports customers have seen, Chicago has gone 3-9 without him, and they have scored less than 85 points seven times.
The Bulls have also shot below 38% in five of their last six games. They have failed to cover against the NBA basketball odds in all six, and five of those games have gone under the total in the pro hoops lines.
Whether things start to get better for the Bulls is anyone’s guess. But it’s been reported in the New York Daily News recently that Rose is very concerned about management allowing the team to be gutted in the off-season, so that if he goes through a lengthy rehab, yet again, he’ll be coming back to very little. If you recall, he practiced with the team for quite some time last season and did not attempt a return for the post-season. The rumor that was going around was that he was unhappy that the Bulls failed to make significant moves before the trading deadline.
Actually, Rose has told the press that he could conceivably come back for the playoffs. But first his team must get to the playoffs, and that is going to be a challenge, judging from the direction they seem to be headed.
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