Houston will be the favorite this time around, going into Chicago favored by 2.5 points over the Bulls.
Houston has been playing like an elite team over the last month and a half. Since January 28, the Rockets are 15-3 SU and 11-7 ATS. Houston entered its road game against Oklahoma City Tuesday night with a five-game winning streak, but had that streak snapped in a 106-98 loss.
With this three-game road trip ending in Miami on Sunday, Houston would love to get some momentum back with a win in this one. The Rockets have been clicking on offense of late averaging 108.8 points per game in the month of March, led by James Harden's 28.2 PPG.
The Chicago Bulls were just 12-18 SU through their first 30 games this season, but through relentless defense have turned their season around and are 11-4 SU and ATS on the NBA betting lines.
The OddsShark.com NBA picks computer projects a 95-92 win for Houston.
Chicago has the worst offense in the league averaging only 93.1 points per game, but also has the second best defense in the NBA allowing just 92.3 PPG. The recipe has worked for the Bulls in 2014 as they have gone 23-11 SU since the slow start.
In the battle between Houston's offense and Chicago's defense, Houston's offense has set the tempo and prevailed in recent years. Houston is 5-0 ATS and 4-1 SU in its last five games against Chicago with four of those five games going OVER the total.
Historically, this has always been a high scoring series; the total has gone OVER in 14 of the last 18 meetings between Houston and Chicago.
In addition to being the better team on paper, Houston has been dominant against Eastern Conference teams this season going 20-3 SU in 23 games outside of the Western Conference. Chicago's record against Western Conference teams is 10-15 SU.
If the Bulls are going to pull off the upset over the Rockers at home, they'll need to prevent this game from becoming a track meet and keep it a low-scoring defensive battle.
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