Rockets head to the United Center in Chicago
December 24, 2012 10:45:33 UK
The Houston Rockets will look to build on their surprisingly easy win over the Memphis Grizzlies when they head to Chicago on Christmas Day.
Kevin McHale will look for the Rockets to continue their momentum at Chicago.
James Harden had 31 points on 9-of-13 shooting, Jeremy Lin dished out 11 assists and Omer Asik pulled down 12 rebounds as the Rockets ran out 121-96 winners and picked up their third consecutive victory.
The game in Chicago is the first of a three-game road trip and a busy Christmas period for the Rockets when Houston plays five games in seven days.
Chicago returns home for the game after stinking out the joint at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were the only two Bulls' players in double figures in an embarrassing 92-75 loss to the Hawks, but Chicago remains percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division.
The two clubs meet the day after Christmas at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as Indiana looks to build on it six wins in its last seven outings.
One of three sides with a winning record, but a negative points differential, the Milwaukee Bucks play the second game of their three-game home stand when the Brooklyn Nets come into town.
Milwaukee should be the fresher of the two teams after playing on Saturday while the Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center on Sunday and also host the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.
The Detroit Pistons snapped a six-game losing streak with victories in a back-to-back home and home series with the Washington Wizards, but now face a significant increase in completion before the end of the year playing the Hawks on the road before hosting the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks.
Miami Heat are 1.75 to win the NBA Championship, with Oklahoma City Thunder 7501.00.
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