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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview

The Rockets look to bounce back in The Windy City

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

As I type this, there is a five-way tie for fourth place in the East at 21-15. That’s where the Houston Rockets’s previous opponent, the Miami Heat, reside.

In the group just below that one, there are four teams with 21 losses that are separated by just their number of wins. That’s where Houston’s next opponent, the Chicago Bulls, finds themselves.

The Bulls come in on a 2-game winning streak, with both contests coming against the Charlotte Hornets. And while the Hornets are an injured, hapless mess, the Bulls picked up an overtime win on the road Monday. The Rockets only have three road wins this season, and are 0-3 in overtimes this season. The Bulls are 3-2 in such contests, and have the shot-creators in DeMar DeRozan (always a threat to hit shots and free throws), Zach LaVine (coming off the bench these days while the Bulls look to trade him), and Coby White (who is suddenly blossoming into a consistent 20+ point per game scorer).

Getting the Alperen Sengun assignment for the Bulls will be Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic. Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams, Ayo Dosunmu, and Dalen Terry round out their recent rotation. Chicago is 28th in points per game (not a great indicator, I know), but are sixth in total defense.

Tip-off

7pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injury Report

Rockets

Dillon Brooks-GTD (abdominal)

Tari Eason-GTD (leg)

Bulls

Lonzo Ball-OUT (knee)

Torrey Craig-OUT (heel)

The Line (as of this post)

CHI -2.5

Looking ahead because we can

Friday night in Detroit