When/where: 7 p.m. Monday/United Center
TV/radio: AT&T SportsNet/790-AM, 740-AM; Spanish: 1010 AM
So far: Rockets 4-7; Bulls 5-8
Lately: The Rockets split two games in San Antonio, playing with eight players out on Thursday and nine out on Saturday. Ended a stretch with losses in four of five games. The Bulls’ 117-101 win in Dallas on Sunday snapped a four-game losing streak.
Scouting the Rockets
The Rockets’ 4-7 start matches the 2018-19 season when they finished 53-29 … After consecutive low-scoring, shorthanded games in San Antonio, the Rockets are ranked higher defensively (16th) than offensively (19th.) … After giving up 17 offensive rebounds on Saturday, the Rockets are last in the NBA in defensive rebounding percentage … The Rockets will use their eighth starting lineup in 12 games … The Rockets have won their past seven games against the Bulls, their longest winning streak ever against the Bulls … Rockets forward P.J. Tucker was third in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage going into Saturday’s game before missing all six of his attempts. He has made 71.4 percent of his shots in Rockets wins; 33.3 percent in losses … After matching his career high of 15 rebounds on Thursday and topping it with 18 on Saturday, Christian Wood is averaging 10.8 rebounds to rank eighth in the NBA … Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 points on Saturday. The Rockets went 8-0 when he scored 20 or more points last season … Victor Oladipo has averaged 20.3 points per game against the Bulls in his career, his second-most against any opponent.
Scouting the Bulls
The Bulls had lost four consecutive games by four or fewer points, including consecutive games in Los Angeles against the Clippers and Lakers, before building an 18-point lead in Dallas on Sunday with a 40-point second quarter … The Bulls have seven players averaging double-figure scoring led by Zach LaVine’s career-best 26.9 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting … The Bulls average 18 turnovers, second-most in the NBA, and committed 24 on Friday, but cut that to just 14 on Sunday … Forward Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday, both season highs … Coby White’s 6.1 assists per game lead the Bulls and ranks third among second-year players … Averaging 34.5 points off the bench, the Bulls reserves scored 61 points on Sunday in Dallas.
Number to note
6 – Rockets players who were taken in the first seven picks of the draft (John Wall, Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins, Dante Exum, Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore), one fewer than their collection of players that were not drafted at all (Christian Wood, Danuel House, David Nwaba, Jae’Sean Tate, Mason Jones, Brodric Thomas and Chris Clemons.)
Rockets: Guard Eric Gordon (lower leg tightness,) center DeMarcus Cousins (sore right ankle) are probable. Guard Sterling Brown (right leg soreness) is questionable. Guard John Wall (sore right knee,) forward Danuel House Jr. (self-isolating,) guard Brodric Thomas (sprained ankle), guard Dante Exum (right calf strain) and guard Chris Clemons (ruptured right Achilles) are out.
Bulls: Forward Chandler Hutchison (health and safety protocols,) guard Tomas Satoransky (health and safety protocols) are out.