With our NBA pro basketball best betting pick on Monday night we select from the contest between the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. The Bulls and Rockets will begin from Chicago at 8PM Eastern Time and it’s the NBA League Pass providing the live national television telecast. The NBA top pick is playing on the Chicago Bulls -8 points against the Houston Rockets. The betting odds from the Rockets and Bulls have been used from Bovada sportsbook.
The Chicago Bulls opened up in this NBA game as the -8 ½ point favorite with the total of 187 points. The Houston Rockets got the early money from the bettors as the Bulls are now favored by -8 points at most online sportsbooks. The total was bet down by the betting public to a current number of 186 points. A money line wager on the home favored Chicago Bulls will return -370 odds. Bettors who believe that the Houston Rockets can get the outright win tonight against the Bulls can take back +325 odds for their money line wager.
The Chicago Bulls have been an outstanding bounce back team this season. They have not lost two straight games all season. Over national television yesterday the Chicago Bulls were embarrassed suffering a blowout defeat to the Thunder. We saw a strong effort by the Bulls after a bad 108-91 home loss to the Denver Nuggets with a 21 point road win at Atlanta in their next game as a favorite. Expect Chicago behind their size advantage to expose the small lineup of the Houston Rockets. Carlos Boozer because of his time spent with Utah has played well against Western conference clubs. Boozer will be active around the basket with second shop opportunities and isolations. Luol Deng will be a difficult matchup for the Rockets team. Deng has the ability to stretch the Rockets defense for good looks from the three point line and with the Bulls outstanding ball movement they will take very high percentage shots from the floor. Energy won’t be an issue tonight for the Bulls as a starter played no more than 31 minutes Sunday afternoon. The two bigs for the Bulls in Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah played no more than 23 minutes yesterday. You also have to factor the Bulls will have more rest than the Rockets as their game against OKC finished six hours earlier than the Rockets game last night.
The Houston Rockets will also be on the back end of a back to back as they were forced to play an overtime period last night against the Indiana Pacers. The Rockets are thin right now as they are still without Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry. Houston has dropped three straight on the road and will be playing their third game in four nights. Because of their lack of depth due to the Lowry and Martin injury when you look at the performance of the Rockets on the back end of a back to back you find numerous losses by double digits to the likes of Utah, Toronto Cleveland and Phoenix in recent games so bet the Bulls tonight at the sportsbooks.