Houston Rockets (14-12) @ Chicago Bulls (15-11)
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Line: Chicago (-4.5)
With Houston being a personal favorite to watch this season for a variety of reasons – the arrival and spectacular play of James Harden and me being America’s biggest Chandler Parsons fan – I can’t help but shake the feeling this game would be a lot more anticipated if a certain point guard was suiting up. Regardless, the Bulls have been playing damn good basketball as of late now finding themselves at first in the Central Division. Friday’s fourth game features the NBA highest scoring offense in Houston (105.4/game) against the third best defense (91.0/game). Something has to give, and if we’re lucky Carlos Boozer will don the head paint again.
Also, this would’ve been a joke maybe six months ago, but I’m actually interested to see how Omer Asik fairs in his return to the United Center.
Must-See TV: Omer Asik (16 pts, 16 rebs)* vs. Joakim Noah (20 pts, 12 rebounds, 7 asts, 2 blks); Harden, the league’s fourth leading scorer, ends up with 24-7-4.
* – All dependent on if he’s gotten over the flu bug which is apparently sweeping the entire NBA these days.