The Rockets are still in the midst of a fight for the playoffs in the Western Conference. They are having a solid year, sitting three-games above .500, but they have to be considered one of the favorites to miss out on the postseason with so many teams playing so well in the conference. Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry are both still out of the lineup, and this starting five of Chandler Parsons, Luis Scola, Marcus Camby, Courtney Lee, and Goran Dragic just doesn’t feel like it is going to be able to get the job done when push comes to shove. This is a nice matchup in terms of size for Houston though, as it is one of the few teams that can probably board with the Bulls when push comes to shove, especially if Camby is able to stay out of foul trouble. Houston has alternated wins and losses for the last six games, and if that trend keeps up in this one, it is in line for the upset, coming off of a 104-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers from Sunday.
Richard Hamilton was announced to be back in the lineup a few days ago, but we are still waiting his return for the Bulls. He has been dealing with a ton of injuries this year, and those injuries are going to probably keep him out of the fold in this one as well. Derrick Rose is likely to miss an 11th straight game with a groin injury, but as we have seen all year long with his various ailments, as long as the Bulls keep winning, there is going to be no rush to put their star back on the court before the playoffs, especially with this condensed schedule. Chicago is going to be eager to get back on the court in this one after getting rocked by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday on the road. The team isn’t the most offensive minded in the world, but the 78 points scored against the Thunder was inexcusable, and we know that Head Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to be spending a lot of time today talking to his team about how to get back to better offensive numbers in this one against the Rockets.
The Final Word: In the end, this is a lot of points to be giving the Rockets. We think that they are as suited to take down the Bulls as most other teams, as they have a lot of size to deal with the bigs. We would feel a heck of a lot better if Martin and Lowry were in the fold, but in the end, we think that Houston has enough to stick inside of a touchdown in this game.
Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls Free Pick: Houston Rockets +8.5
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