Chicago Bulls (5-5) at Houston Rockets (4-7)
For the first time in three millenniums (give or take), the Bulls are at risk of being under .500 over ten games in to the season. Last Sunday’s loss against the Portland Trailblazers marked the fourth game in a row that Chicago allowed over 100 points on the defensive end.
If the Bulls want to get back on track, they need to revamp their once league-best defense, despite the fact that their former back-up anchor Omer Asik will be playing for the opposing team this evening. Omer Asik, rather the Turkish Hammer, signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Rockets this summer. In eleven games so far he is averaging 10 points and 12.3 rebounds.
In addition to stealing the lynchpin of the Bulls bench mob, the Houston Rockets signed Jeremy Lin and most importantly, James Harden who is currently fourth in the league in scoring, albeit his not-so-great efficiency. While the new-and-improved Rockets may be more new than improved, they aren’t going to go down without a fight on their home floor. Unfortunately, it looks like the annual circus trip might once again turn into the circus trip from hell.
One positive fans should expect from the Bulls however, is a much more energized bench mob. With a two day break to mull over two back to back losses and some tough love from Tom Thibodeau and unofficial bench mob captain, Taj Gibson, the entire team should be ready to give it their all.
While there may not be any specifically interesting match-ups to watch, an emotion bro-hug that lingers on for a little too long for it to mean nothing may be exchanged by Taj Gibson and Omer Asik, or the one that got away, as Thibbs likes to call him.
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG Derrick Rose (OUT)
HOUSTON — SG James Harden (PROBABLE), C Cole Aldrich (PROBABLE), SF Carlos Delfino (PROBABLE)
|Streak||Avg. Pts Allowed||Avg. Pts Scored||Last 10 Games|
Last Game: Bulls lost to the Trailblazers 102 – 94, Rockets lost to Jazz 102 – 91
Last Meeting: April 2, 2012– Rockets 99, Bulls 93
Prediction: Bulls 89, Rockets 96