- The Houston Rockets defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-113 on Wednesday night, snapping their 15-game losing streak.
- Huge public losses were seen as betting was heavy on the Bulls who carried the second-best record in the East heading to Wednesday’s game.
- With the loss, Chicago became the first team in NBA history to lose by 30 points and lose to an opponent with a 15-game losing streak in consecutive games.
The Houston Rockets can head to Thanksgiving with a lot to be thankful for.
Houston snapped the NBA’s current losing streak at 15 on Wednesday, winning for the first time since October 22. And the Rockets, who were on pace to finish with the worst record in NBA history, picked up the win against an opponent unlikely to fall prey to a betting upset – the Chicago Bulls.
Tough Night For Bulls Bettors
The Houston Rockets (+320 ML) had one win entering tonight…
Tough night for Bulls bettors ? pic.twitter.com/Tq7J8SMe00
— NBABet (@nbabet) November 25, 2021
The Bulls entered the game with the most lopsided betting splits of any game on Thursday night. Chicago had 88% of the bets and 94% of the betting handle at the spread line, even if the betting spread had increased from the opening of 8.5 to 10.0 before game time. PointsBet’s figures at the Moneyline betting market weren’t any different as the Bulls had 95% of the tickets and 96% of the total money despite their ML odds shortened to -520 from the opening odds of -430.
But the disparity wasn’t even surprising as the Rockets entered the game with an NBA-worst 1-16 record while the Bulls had the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 12-7. Chicago also had a 4-1 record after losses this season and they had the perfect opponent to make it 5-1 SU. They were also 6-3 SU on the road this season and were visiting a team that only had one win in six home games so far.
But in a shocker, Chicago instead became the first team in NBA history to lose by 30 points on one night and get defeated by a team with a 15-game losing streak on their next game. That’s not the kind of history that teams are supposed to be making. Not if you are the Bulls who are being touted as early contenders.
Bulls’ Last Two Games
The Bulls last 2 games:
— Lost by 32 to the Pacers
— Lost to the 1-16 Rockets
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 25, 2021
Prior to Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets, the Bulls were beaten by the Indiana Pacers 109-77 on Monday night as -3 point favorites in what stood as their worst loss of the season. Chicago lost by only 5 points on Wednesday night but it was a game against the Rockets who had not won a game in more than one month.
Houston also lost no. 2 pick Jalen Green to a left leg injury in the first half after he had scored 11 in the first quarter to keep the Rockets in striking distance at 32-30. Then Chicago also saw both All-Star center Nikola Vucevic return from COVID-19 infection and Alex Caruso after missing one game. But the Rockets caught fire in the third quarter, making 8 of 11 three-pointers during the period and 17 of 36 for the game. Danuel House scored all of his 18 points in the second half after not playing in the first half while DeMar DeRozan shot just 6-19 from the floor for 17 points, one game after scoring only 18 points against the Pacers.
The Bulls will now look to bounce back against the Orlando Magic on Black Friday, Chicago has lost three straight home games and back-to-back overall. However, they have not lost three in a row this season and they hope to keep it that way. After Thanksgiving, the Rockets will host the Charlotte Hornets next as they look to win two straight games for the first time this season.