The slumping Houston Rockets will be out to halt a seven-game losing streak when they host the Chicago Bulls and high-scoring Zach LaVine on Monday. The Rockets (11-17) will be playing at home for the first time in 11 days after a pair of games were postponed over the weekend due to severe weather that has gripped Texas. Houston also has a chance to avenge last month's defeat to the Bulls (13-16) in Chicago.
Tip-off at the Toyota Center is 8 p.m. William Hill Sportsbook lists Chicago as a two-point favorite while the over-under is 226 in the latest Bulls vs. Rockets odds. Before making any Rockets vs. Bulls picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Bulls vs. Rockets spread: Bulls -2
- Bulls vs. Rockets over-under: 226 points
- Bulls vs. Rockets money line: Bulls -130; Rockets +110
- CHI: The Bulls have hit 31 of 33 free throws in the past two games
- HOU: Rockets G Victor Oladipo (foot) is expected to miss his fourth straight game
Why the Bulls can cover
While LaVine has amassed a staggering 281 points in an eight-game stretch, he also has been at his best when it counts the most. He leads the NBA in both total points (219) and points per game (8.2) in the fourth quarter after hitting 5 of 7 shots in the final 12 minutes vs. Sacramento. LaVine scored 33 points in the victory over Houston last month, one of 15 times he has hit 30 this season.
The supporting cast also came through in Chicago's back-to-back victories. Veteran forward Thaddeus Young scored 18 points in Saturday's victory and knocked down 14 of 21 shots in the past two games, while rookie Patrick Williams posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Coby White buried 5 of 8 3-point attempts Saturday after going 3 of 17 in the previous three games.
Why the Rockets can cover
Houston has lost all seven games since leading scorer Christian Wood suffered an ankle injury on Feb. 4, leaving guard John Wall to shoulder much of the offensive burden. Wall has scored at least 25 points in five of the last six games to boost his season average to 20.4 per game. In his first season with the Rockets, the five-time All-Star was sidelined for the 125-120 loss in Chicago on Jan. 18 due to a sore knee.
While Oladipo is out for Monday, the Rockets will get one starter back in the lineup with the expected return of forward P.J. Tucker from a quadriceps injury. Tucker is not much of a threat at the offensive end but is one of the team's top defenders. That could looms even larger with center DeMarcus Cousins out to due to a foot injury.
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