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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls Against The Spread Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Thursday March 13, 2014, TNT

Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Bulls host the Houston Rockets in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Rockets lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-98 and the Bulls lost to the San Antonio Spurs 104-96.

In their loss to the Thunder Dwight Howard had a terrible game going for 9 points on 4/12 shooting and he only hit 1 of his 6 free throws. Overall, Houston did not shoot well with a FG% of 41.8%.

In their loss to the Spurs the Bulls fell behind by 24 points at halftime and allowed San Antonio to shoot 50.6% from the floor.

Earlier this season in Houston the Rockets beat the Bulls 109-94.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Bulls.

In the last 6 games between these 2 teams in Chicago the total has gone Over 5 times.

The Bulls are 6-4 in their last 10 games an the Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Houston -3
Total Line: 194.5
Money Line: Rockets -160 / Bulls +140

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Houston Rockets: 44-20 SU 33-29-2 ATS
Chicago Bulls: 35-29 SU 33-31 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• HOU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
• HOU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
• HOU has an Under record of 11-5-1 in their last 17 road games.
• CHI is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
• CHI is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
• CHI has an Under record of 17-7 in their last 24 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Houston Rockets: 95.76
Chicago Bulls: 91.26

Key Player Injuries

ROCKETS
[G] 02/20/2014 – Ronnie Brewer out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[F] 01/25/2014 – Greg Smith out indefinitely ( Knee )

BULLS
[G] 11/23/2013 – Derrick Rose out for season ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Bulls are only 2-3 in their last 5, but keep in mind that their losses came to three of the hottest teams in the NBA in the Spurs, Grizzlies and Nets. Things certainly don’t get any better tonight when they take on a Rockets team that is on a 15 -3 run. Take the Houston Rockets -3.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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