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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Houston Rockets||+8.5 (-110)
|Chicago Bulls||-8.5 (-110)
On the second night of a back-to-back, with eight players unavailable, you’d expect the odds to be against the Bulls. But they are coming off of a tremendous win and they’ve still got an excellent duo in DeRozan and Vucevic.
Chicago Bulls def. Houston Rockets
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|Houston Rockets||Head-to-Head||Chicago Bulls
|Stephen Silas||Head Coach||Billy Donovan|
|10-20 (13th in West)||Standing||17-10 (2nd in East)|
|105.4 (27th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.0 (14th of 30)|
|111.8 (24th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.4 (8th of 30)|
|100.6 (2nd of 30)||Pace||98.5 (15th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|C. Wood (16.7)||PPG||D. DeRozan (26.4)|
|C. Wood (11.0)||RPG||N. Vucevic (10.5)|
|K. Porter Jr. (5.8)||APG||L. Ball (4.9)|
|A. Sengun, J. Tate (1.0)||SPG||A. Caruso (2.2)|
|C. Wood (1.0)||BPG||L. Ball, N. Vucevic (1.0)|
|K. Martin Jr. (.542)/C. Wood (6.3)||FG%/FGM||D. Jones Jr. (.586)/D. DeRozan, Z. LaVine (9.5)|
|J. Christopher (.457)/G. Matthews (2.7)||3P%/3PM||L. Ball (.421)/L. Ball (3.1)|
|Jalen Green||Houston Rockets||3 Dec 2021||Out (Hamstring)||Green will be evaluate on a week-by-week basis.|
|Kevin Porter Jr.||Houston Rockets||19 Dec 2021||Out (Thigh)||Porter Jr. is listed as OUT for Chicago’s Monday (Dec 20) game.|
|Armoni Brooks||Houston Rockets||19 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Ankle)||Brooks is listed as QUESTIONABLE for Chicago’s Monday (Dec 20) game.|
|Patrick Williams||Chicago Bulls||29 Oct 2021||Out (Wrist)||Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated wrist.|
|Ayo Dosunmu||Chicago Bulls||11 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Dosunmu is under league health and safety protocols.|
|Stanley Johnson||Chicago Bulls||11 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Johnson is under league health and safety protocols.|
|Troy Brown||Chicago Bulls||12 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Brown is under league health and safety protocols.|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls||12 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||LaVine is under league health and safety protocols.|
|Alize Johnson||Chicago Bulls||13 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Johnson is under league health and safety protocols.|
|Matt Thomas||Chicago Bulls||18 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Health & Safety)||Thomas did not play in Chicago’s Sunday (Dec 19) game.|
When the Houston Rockets face the Chicago Bulls, they’ll be taking on a team on the second leg of a back-to-back. Despite their opponents missing seven players, the Rockets can’t relax in this matchup.
If there is anything that the Rockets can carry over from their most recent game, a win over the Detroit Pistons, it is their three-point defence. Houston held their opponents to 10 of 26 shooting from deep, but still allowed Detroit to convert on 57.8% of their shots inside the arc.
The Bulls aren’t the most high volume three-point shooting team, but they are still efficient shooting from range. If the Rockets can find a balance between their perimeter and paint defense, they’ll have a great chance against the Bulls.
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The Rockets aren’t what you’d consider one of the stronger teams in the NBA. However as always, Christian Wood stands at the forefront of Houston’s success.
Wood is coming off of a win against the Detroit Pistons, where he posted 21 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. While his efficiency could be better, his 2 three-point field goals were more than welcome.
Even injured, it is unlikely the Bulls have a disadvantage in the scoring department. Wood will need to be at his best to help his team compete against Chicago.
Through no fault of their own, the Chicago Bulls are missing a number of players for this matchup. While they were able to get fantastic production out of their remaining stars, they’ll need a team effort to take down a relatively healthy Rockets team.
The Bulls scored 115 points in their most recent game, a win over the Lakers, but only 13 of those points game from their bench unit.
Chicago were simply outpaced in their loss to the Rockets earlier in the season. So if they want to even up their season series against the Rockets, the Bulls must find production in lesser-used players.
KING OF THE FOURTH.@NBCSChicago | @DeMar_DeRozan pic.twitter.com/fDAibiz1Pi
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 20, 2021
With the Chicago Bulls struggling due to their lack of available players, it is DeMar DeRozan who has led them in the meantime. Unsurprisingly, he has been brilliant.
DeRozan is coming off of a 38-point, 6 assist, 4 rebound game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls star also converted on what would be the go-ahead basket that sealed the game for the Bulls.
What DeRozan lacks on the defensive side of the ball, is more than made up for by his versatility as a scorer and playmaker. With so many players unavailable, DeRozan will be relied upon for his scoring once again.
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|Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Information|
|Teams||Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls|
|Location||United Center, Chicago, Illinois|
|Time||8:00 PM EST, December 20th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports Chicago, ATTSN-SW, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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