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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
CHICAGO
 
HOUSTON
+1  

-1  
-105

-115

192
 
89
Final
93

CHICAGO (5 - 5) at HOUSTON (4 - 7)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2012 8:05 PM
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517CHICAGO193.5Pick
518HOUSTON-1193
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-5-4.62-85-594.846.644.4%52.494.247.144.0%47.9
Road Games2-202-23-1100.250.048.3%51.598.747.544.4%48.7
Last 5 Games2-3-1.61-43-293.645.244.1%52.698.050.845.2%47.6
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)94.846.636-8144.4%4-1230.6%19-2478.9%521224197155
vs opponents surrendering97.649.237-8145.3%7-1934.8%17-2375.2%511122208156
Team Stats (Road Games)100.250.039-8048.3%4-1330.8%19-2478.9%511226207164
Stats Against (All Games)94.247.136-8244.0%6-1733.1%16-2079.2%481120228145
vs opponents averaging95.847.536-8144.6%6-1835.2%17-2376.2%501121218155
Stats Against (Road Games)98.747.537-8444.4%7-2035.4%17-2371.3%491319228144

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-7-3.64-66-599.451.442.2%55.3100.950.844.7%52.4
Home Games2-3-2.62-32-395.649.840.3%54.295.847.043.7%55.4
Last 5 Games1-4-31-34-1105.255.644.1%52.8109.856.247.2%52.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)99.451.436-8542.2%9-2731.9%19-2478.4%551322208164
vs opponents surrendering97.449.637-8244.8%7-2035.1%17-2276.3%511121218155
Team Stats (Home Games)95.649.834-8440.3%9-3029.7%19-2477.0%541221189144
Stats Against (All Games)100.950.839-8644.7%8-2138.7%16-2173.3%521222199147
vs opponents averaging97.64937-8244.8%7-1936.1%17-2374.1%511221208156
Stats Against (Home Games)95.847.037-8643.7%8-2139.3%13-1870.0%551222188157
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 94.6,  HOUSTON 96.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012SACRAMENTO93-87W-6.5L191.5U33-7941.8%561834-8440.5%5119
11/2/2012@ CLEVELAND115-86W-2.5W183O44-6963.8%481732-7940.5%4417
11/3/2012NEW ORLEANS82-89L-9.5L181.5U29-8833.0%551232-7542.7%5416
11/6/2012ORLANDO99-93W-9L187.5O40-8447.6%55936-8641.9%5011
11/8/2012OKLAHOMA CITY91-97L2.5L190U35-8441.7%472036-7349.3%4222
11/10/2012MINNESOTA87-80W-8.5L184U34-8042.5%551433-8538.8%5011
11/12/2012BOSTON95-101L-3L185O34-7445.9%501341-8150.6%378
11/14/2012@ PHOENIX112-106W-3W191.5O44-8850.0%571542-10540.0%5812
11/17/2012@ LA CLIPPERS80-101L6.5L191U30-8933.7%581537-7549.3%5112
11/18/2012@ PORTLAND94-102L2L191O37-7549.3%431939-7949.4%4216
11/21/2012@ HOUSTON              
11/24/2012@ MILWAUKEE              
11/26/2012MILWAUKEE              
11/28/2012DALLAS              
12/1/2012PHILADELPHIA              
12/4/2012INDIANA              
12/5/2012@ CLEVELAND              
12/7/2012@ DETROIT              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012@ DETROIT105-96W2.5W194O39-7949.4%532035-7944.3%4316
11/2/2012@ ATLANTA109-102W5W203O38-9042.2%662140-8547.1%3713
11/3/2012PORTLAND85-95L-5.5L206.5U34-9635.4%651839-9341.9%6216
11/7/2012DENVER87-93L-2.5L204U31-8436.9%521837-8245.1%6121
11/9/2012@ MEMPHIS85-93L7L194U31-7640.8%532035-9437.2%589
11/10/2012DETROIT96-82W-7W194.5U33-8240.2%551432-8040.0%5216
11/12/2012MIAMI110-113L5.5W194.5O36-8045.0%481145-8950.6%5411
11/14/2012NEW ORLEANS100-96W-6.5L184O36-8045.0%511134-8440.5%4810
11/16/2012@ PORTLAND117-119L2T198O41-8846.6%541844-8651.2%4815
11/18/2012@ LA LAKERS108-119L7L205.5O44-9048.9%511546-8554.1%5113
11/19/2012@ UTAH91-102L6L197U30-8634.9%601437-9240.2%6214
11/21/2012CHICAGO              
11/23/2012NEW YORK              
11/27/2012TORONTO              
11/28/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/1/2012UTAH              
12/4/2012LA LAKERS              
12/7/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CHICAGO: GUARDS: The best guess on DERRICK ROSE is a February return. But an ACL injury usually isn't 100 percent until the second full year back . . . With Rose out, KIRK HINRICH figures to play heavy minutes early. He's a defensive specialist who will pass and watch on offense . . . NATE ROBINSON could push Hinrich for minutes. He's the offensive half of that platoon, but Thibodeau almost always leans defense . . . RICHARD HAMILTON will carry a bigger offensive load while Rose is recovering. He's a shadow of his former self . . . MARCO BELINELLI is a nice addition. He's solid defensively, and he brings the long-range shooting Chicago lacks. Don't be surprised if he pushes Hamilton . . . Rookie MARQUIS TEAGUE will mostly sit and watch this year. FORWARDS: After avoiding wrist surgery, LUOL DENG should be Chicago's top scorer while Rose is out. He's the only one on this team who even has a chance to generate his own offense . . . CARLOS BOOZER continues to be a major disappointment. In the past it's been his atrocious defense, but now he's taken a step back offensively as well. He may score more with Rose out, but he'll continue to sit late in close games . . . TAJ GIBSON should be in for a bigger role. With Omer Asik gone, he's one of only two defensively capable bigs on this roster . . . VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC will try to replace some of the three-point shooting they lost when Kyle Korver left . . . JIMMY BUTLER has a puncher's chance at a rotation spot after a good summer. CENTERS: JOAKIM NOAH was still working his way back from that badly sprained ankle this summer. His durability is questionable, but the Bulls will have to lean on Noah for more minutes now that Omer Asik is gone . . . NAZR MOHAMMED steps into Asik's role as Noah's backup. But while Asik was an active defender, Mohammed is more of just a big body with six fouls to give.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (CHICAGO-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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*Bulls-Rockets Preview* =======================

By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Chicago (5-5) at Houston (4-7), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Some uncharacteristically poor defense has plagued the Chicago Bulls during their current rough stretch.

How challenging their next test will be likely depends on the health of Houston's James Harden.

The visiting Bulls look to avoid losing three straight regular-season games for the first time in more than 2 1/2 years when they try to hand the Rockets a fourth consecutive defeat Wednesday night.

Over the past two seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau, Chicago has been the NBA's top defensive team allowing 89.9 points per game and holding opponents to 42.6 percent shooting. The Bulls (5-5) gave up 88.7 and held their foes to a 42.1 field-goal percentage while winning four of the first six but have since struggled to guard the basket.

In losing three of four, the Bulls have yielded an average 102.5 points. In Sunday's 102-94 loss to Portland, the Trail Blazers shot 49.4 percent.

"The defense right now, the intensity, we've got to get that part right," said Thibodeau, whose team is 1-2 on a five-game trip.

While Chicago has not dropped three in a row since a 10-game slide Feb. 27-March 19, 2010, it has not allowed 100 points in five straight contests since a 12-game stretch in the same season.

"We have to learn to put stops together," forward Luol Deng told the Bulls' official website. "I don't like comparing teams, but that's what we did well last year. The second unit came in and got stops in a row. Everyone talks about offense, but it's the stops we got. That's how we won games. And that's what we have to get back to."

One of the reasons for Chicago's solid defense and strong bench last year was the inside play of Omer Asik. Although the 7-foot center only averaged 1.0 blocks last season with the Bulls, he clogged the paint and forced opponents to adjust their shots.

After averaging 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2011-12, the Rockets signed Asik to a three-year, $25 million contract in July for his presence in the paint. He's off to a strong start with his new team, averaging 10.0 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Despite upgrading the defense, the Rockets (4-7) return home after allowing an average of 113.3 points and 48.3 percent shooting on a winless three-game trip. Although they're 2-3 in Houston, the Rockets are playing much better defensively in front of their home fans, allowing an average of 95.8 points.

Houston's biggest concern in the opener of a three-game homestand is if Harden has recovered from his bout with the flu. Averaging 24.2 points, Harden scored six on 1-of-6 shooting while lasting 17 minutes in Monday's 102-91 loss at Utah

"We shut him down, gave him some medicine and tried to get him ready for Wednesday," said Kelvin Sampson, who continues to serve at acting head coach as Kevin McHale still deals with a family emergency.

The Jazz opened the second quarter with a 13-0 run and Rockets, who shot a season-low 34.9 percent, were never able to recover. Patrick Patterson had a season-high 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 on 5-of-15 shooting.

After signing a lucrative deal with Houston, Lin is averaging 6.6 assists but 10.5 points on 34.2 percent shooting.

Nate Robinson, one of the many new faces on Chicago's bench this season, had 18 points as the Bulls shot 49.3 percent against the Trail Blazers, but committed 19 turnovers.

With star Derrick Rose recovering from a torn ACL, Deng is averaging a team-high 18.1 points and Joakim Noah a career-high 14.8 with 10.0 boards.

Deng scored 24 and Noah added 15 when Chicago's five-game winning streak over the Rockets ended with a 99-93 home loss April 2.


Last Updated: 11/22/2014 5:18:23 PM EST


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