Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls Free NBA Picks - Odds and Predictions

January 8, 8:05 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Chicago +5

The Houston Rockets will take on Eastern Conference opponent Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:05 PM and is set to be broadcasted on WGN live from the Windy City. Meetings between the two sides are scarcer by virtue of the fact they come from different conferences. Be that it may, the two sides have split the last six meetings three wins per outfit. The two teams have yet to meet this season. The last meeting took place in 2017 in Houston where the Rockets defeated the Bulls handily by a score of 115-94.

Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls Overview

Clutch City enters off a two-game losing streak. Most recently, the Rockets lost against Bulls’ rival Detroit on Saturday where they were defeated 108-101 in MoTown. After catching fire before the New Year, the Bulls have since tapered off and cooled down. The Bulls have lost three of their last four contests. After embarking on an epic seven-game home winning streak, the Bulls have since lost their last two at the United Center.

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Houston at Chicago NBA Key Betting Trends

  • On the year Houston stands at 27-11 SU while also showcasing liabilities against the spread at 17-20-1.
  • As for Chicago, the Bulls stand at 14-26 SU.
  • Against the spread, the Bulls have been extremely economical as a 23-16-1 ATS choice.

Public Money

In the early stages, we have noticed the public get all over the Rockets. 100% of the consensus like the Bulls in this market. Furthermore, 71% of the cash and 84% of the tickets are also on Clutch City. Despite this the line has remained idle. On the Money Line, Houston is offered as a road dog at -210 compared to Chicago who comes in as a +175 home dog. The Over/Under Line is currently offered at 221.5 after rising by a point, indicating action on the Over. 99% of the cash and 92% of the tickets are on the Over in this market to affirm this notion.

Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls Pick

Not too long ago, Chicago appeared to have been unbeatable at home. As a result, takers were exposed to heavy premiums to back Chicago on its own floor despite the losing record overall this season. However, the opposite is likely the case here. Houston has become one of the NBA’s quintessential public teams. This can be chalked up to the off-season acquisition of point man Chris Paul to complement the game’s best shooter in James Harden. The dynamic duo anchor the latest “superteam” and such hyperbole often spells a tendency for said club to be overvalued. Like Cleveland and Golden State, the Rockets own a stellar win-loss record but have performed poorly against the spread. This is a common motif of public teams. We will certainly take advantage of this narrative to get enhanced points in a favorable setting not just for a cover but an outright upset. Don’t be shy to look at Chicago on the Money Line here as well.

Free Pick: 
Take Chicago +5