NBA Picks in Bulls vs. Rockets Wedesday

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:01 PM GMT

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 4:01 PM GMT

The Chicago Bulls have been one of the worst teams in the league this month, but things may start to turnaround against the Houston Rockets Wednesday. Find out why we have decided to look at the spread in this evening's matchup.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this non-conference affair at the Toyota Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Troublesome month

Chicago has dropped 11 of its last 14 games, including both games on a recent homestand, which ended with an 83-82 setback to the Orlando Magic as seven-point favorites Monday. 

The Bulls are 14-13 SU and 9-18 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 17-10 in that situation. 

Alternating pattern 

Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, as it looks to bounce back from a 106-91 defeat to the Sacramento Kings as 6.5-point road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 214. 

The Rockets could be without guards James Harden and Jeremy Lin this evening, as they continue to battle ankle and back issues respectively. 

Harden is an important piece to the puzzle—averaging a team-high 24.7 points per game. 

Road woes 

NBA handicappers may have an interest in backing the Bulls in this spot, but they’ve dropped all four of their road games against Western Conference opponents this season, while they’ve failed to cover the number in their last four overall meetings in this series. 

Chicago will likely give an all-out effort in this spot, considering it finishes up a back-to-back situation in Oklahoma City Thursday. 

There’s no place like home 

The Rockets have compiled a stellar 31-6 SU record at this venue in December since 2008, while they’ve won all six of their home games versus non-conference opponents during the 2013-14 campaign.

Houston is outscoring opponents by 10 points a game at home this year, while Chicago has a minus-5.2-point disparity on the road in that department.

Be sure to check out our Wednesday NBA Picks of the Day

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bulls with their NBA picks, as the underdog has covered the number in four of the last five meetings in this series. 

NBA Pick:  Chicago Bulls +6.5

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