Tuesday's game against the Pacers was a do or die game for the Bulls. A win helped Chicago's chances of making the playoffs tremendously and a loss killed any dream of it. But thanks to Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler, the Bulls were able to walk away with the victory. The win put Chicago two games back of the Pacers for the 8th spot and 2.5 games away from the Pistons in the 7th spot.
Now Chicago has to travel to Houston to take on the Rockets, who may be even more of a dumpster fire than the Bulls right now.
It's been a disappointing year for the Rockets as they failed to capitalize on last year's momentum of making the conference finals. The Rockets are 7th in the West with a record of 37-38 and are in a three way tie for the 7th spot. They are in a tie with the Jazz and Mavericks. The Rockets were able to get a big win against the Cavaliers on Tuesday as they got a huge game from Michael Beasley and took advantage of no LeBron James in a comeback win. But this team still has problems. Dwight Howard and James Harden's issues have been going on for a long time and it doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. Their defense is a huge issue as well as the Rockets give up 106.7 points per game (26th in the league).
A player to watch for Houston will be backup center Clint Capela. He's been playing for Houston as of late and could be the future of the front court in H-town. He had an ok game against Chicago last time but could give Cristiano Felicio and Bobby Portis trouble when Hoiberg goes with his all bench lineup.
As always the injury watch is always on for Chicago
Bulls list Rose (elbow) and Moore (hamstring) as probable vs. Rockets. Gibson (rib) is questionable.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 30, 2016
The last time these two teams met it was a win for Chicago as they beat the Rockets in the United Center 108-100.
If Chicago is really serious about making the playoffs then they have to step up now and there is no time to waste. Beating the Rockets looks like a daunting task considering the quality players that Houston has but the Bulls can still win this game. Their playoff hopes depend on it.