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Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets Preview: looking for another schedule win

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Oladipo will debut for Rockets tonight but John Wall is out

Chicago Bulls v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls (5-8) vs. Houston Rockets (4-7)

It’s been a heck of a last couple weeks for the Chicago Bulls.

After possibly the most positive 1-3 road trip in the history of the franchise, the Chicago Bulls laid an egg against a rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Chicago blew a 22-point second half lead; a collapse that could compete with the ugliest losses of the Jim Boylen era of Bulls basketball.

The Bulls quickly put that stinging loss in the rearview mirror making it a perfect 2-0 against the Dallas Mavericks on the season with a 117-101 win. This time, the Mavericks had Luka Doncic so the win felt a little bit more legitimate than the first matchup between the two teams.

Maybe most impressively, they did it with their two leading scorers (Zach LaVine and Coby White) combining for a 1-for-13 shooting showing on the night. LaVine’s tough night - though he had ten assists to two TOs - broke a string of four straight 30+ point games for the Bulls young shooting guard. Prior to his game against the Mavericks, LaVine was the fourth-leading scorer in the NBA at 28 points per game.

Tonight, the Bulls opponent is the Houston Rockets. The James Harden turmoil has been the storyline of the Rockets 2020-2021 season so far. Harden is now on the Brooklyn Nets and the Rockets are in reset mode. So far the squad from Houston is 4-7 on the season which is the second-worst record in the entire Western Conference.

Newly acquired All-Star guard Victor Oladipo will make his Houston Rockets debut tonight against the Bulls, but with all the injuries on the Rockets side and with Houston still in the infant stages of transitioning away from the Harden era, this feels like a game the Bulls should win.

If we’ve learned anything about this Bulls team though, it’s that they are always full of surprises and there’s never a surefire win. More than enough reason to tune in tonight.

Injury Report:

Otto Porter is out with those back issues again. Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison are still listed as day-to-day as they remain in COVID-19 protocol.

The Rockets have nine guys on their roster listed on the injury report. Most notably, star point guard John Wall won’t play because of a knee injury which is obviously a huge blow for the Rockets. Daniel House is also out. Eric Gordon and DeMarcus Cousins are probable to play.

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. CDT, NBC Sports Chicago