The 14-12 Houston Rockets will be the road club on Christmas Night as they battle the Chicago Bulls in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The point spread will be released on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The Jeff Sagarin power rating suggests the Bulls a -3 ½ point favorite on their home court.
The Rockets and Bulls met back on November 21st with Houston earning the 93-89 home win as a -1 point favorite. The game landed under 192 points. Trend: Houston Rockets are 3-0 ATS in their past three games.
Houston is just 3-7 straight up on the road this season. They have won three straight and five of their past six games. During this win streak the point totals offensively have been very good. The Rockers are averaging 116 points a game. They are the best in the NBA in scoring offense with 104 points a game. Their lack of size hurts them on defense as Houston gives up 103 points a game good for 29th in basketball. James Harden has produced since coming over from Oklahoma City with 25 points a game. Jeremy Lin is dishing 6 assists per game.
The Bulls are 8-6 on their home court. They had their two game win streak snapped on Saturday in a 92-75 road defeat to the Atlanta Hawks as a +4 point underdog. The game was a back to back after a Bulls victory in a hard fought emotional battle with the New York Knicks. Without Derrick Rose we have seen the Bulls at time struggle for scoring. The starting guard tandem of Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli combine for just 11 points in the loss to the Hawks. The Bulls rank 26th in the NBA in scoring offense, with just an average of 92 points a game. Chicago is greatly dependent on their defense as they are the third best scoring defense in basketball by allowing 91 points a game.