Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview

Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The Rockets hope to grab a win tonight back in the confines of the Toyota Center after a three game losing trip on the West Coast.

You know I started harping on the schedule as a joke, but now it's getting ridiculous.

Rockets: 3 games in four days. On day off, then get the Bulls.

Bulls: Did play back-to-backs on Saturday and Sunday, but had Monday and Tuesday off to regroup.

Come on NBA, this is kind of not fair. I'm not saying the Rockets should always have an advantage or be even have the same number of days off. But it seems that we've been playing a ton of games against teams that have had more time off than us right before we play them. I haven't looked ahead yet, but I'm hoping it all evens out in the long run. Then again, it might be too late by then.

And because it's Thanksgiving coming up and I'll be flying tomorrow (yeah, I have wings), we're going with the AK-patented one sentence matchup breakdowns!

And since I won't write another preview until Friday's game, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Go Texans!

Tip off is at 7pm CST.

Matchups:

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin vs. Kirk Hinrich

Trying to stay away from the racial aspect, but it's difficult to do so.

Advantage: Rockets

Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Rip Hamilton

Explosive meets crafty in a matchup sure to cause chaos on both ends of the court.

Plus obligatory Rush Hour quote:

[In Cantonese]
Lee: Where did you learn that?
Kenny: Master Ching.
Lee: Master Ching of Hong Kong?
Kenny: No, Freddy Ching on Crenshaw.
Lee: [In English] They're brothers.

Advantage: Rockets

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. Luol Deng

Deng will likely be stuck on Harden while Parsons will have free reign to score if he so desires.

Advantage: Bulls

Power Forward: Patrick Patterson vs. Carlos Boozer

I hate Carlos Boozer, so this is easy even if it is untrue.

Advantage: Rockets

Center: Omer Asik vs. Joakim Noah

I really liked this piece by Nick Friedell for ESPN Chicago, and you should too.

Advantage: Bulls

Bench

Rockets: Toney Douglas, Carlos Delfino (?), Marcus Morris, Greg Smith

Bulls: Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed

Advantage: Bulls

Prediction: Rockets eke it out, 101-97

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