Monday’s stream, lineups, injuries, broadcast information
When the Houston Rockets last faced the Chicago Bulls on November 24, they came in with the league’s worst record at 1-16, and head coach Stephen Silas was reportedly faced with questions about his safety from ‘use.
The Rockets won that night in Houston, and led by a resurgent squad with Christian Wood now playing at center, they are 9-4 since. Can Houston beat the favorite Bulls again, and this time in Chicago?
The Bulls, who are currently No.2 in the Eastern Conference standings, won’t be quite themselves on Monday – after seeing two games postponed last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak in alignment. But many of their sidelined players are returning, as evidenced by their Sunday night home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here’s when and how to watch Monday’s game:
- Dated: Monday, December 20
- Time: 7:00 p.m. Center
- TV channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
- Direct: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)
Probable starting eleven
Houston Rockets (10-20)
- Guard: Eric Gordon
- Guard: Josh Christopher
- Forward: Garrison Mathews
- Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
- Center: Christian Wood
Chicago Bulls (18-10)
- Guard: Lonzo Ball
- Guard: Alex Caruso
- Forward: DeMar DeRozan
- Forward: Javonte Green
- Center: Nikola Vucevic
The projected rosters come from the official match scores of each team.
The Rockets remain without injured guards Jalen Green (left hamstring sprain) and Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh contusion), each listed as absent. However, the two hope to return next week. Armoni Brooks (left ankle pain) is questionable after missing Saturday’s game.
The Bulls won’t release their injury / status report until noon Monday as it is the second part of a game in a row for them.
The Chicago report on Sunday said Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu, Troy Brown Jr., Alize Johnson and Matt Thomas were out due to health and safety protocols, while Patrick Williams remains sidelined by a tear ligament of the left wrist. The potential return of any of these ‘protocol’ absences will depend on negative COVID-19 test results – although Chicago head coach Billy Donovan has previously said LaVine, Dosunmu and Johnson are not expected to return until after Christmas.
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Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu and Alize Johnson are not expected to exit COVID-19 protocols until Christmas, Billy Donovan said.
– Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) December 16, 2021