Will Zach LaVine Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/22/2021, 7:52 PM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets’ tumultuous run continued as they were defeated by 76ers. With this loss, they now have a staggering 17 losses in this season itself.


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The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a fabulous win against Sacramento Kings who are in dismal form. They now have three victories in their last four games.

The Rockets face off against the Bulls tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.


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Chicago Bulls injury updates and lineup prediction

The Chicago Bulls continued their splendid run of form with a 122-114 victory against Sacramento Kings. With this win, they have a record of 13 wins and 16 losses and are the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls’ recent form has been due to the exceptional form of guard Zach LaVine. The 25-year-old is averaging 33.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the last four games.

Jan 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls have some major injury concerns ahead of their next game. Forward Lauri Markkanen and Chandler Hutchinson are set to miss the game against the Rockets as they recover from a shoulder injury and due to personal reasons. Backup forward Otto Porter Jr. and guard Adam Mokoka are also listed out with back injury and head injury, respectively.

The Bulls will look to build on this winning form as they face a depleted Houston Rockets side who themselves have a plethora of injured players.

Possible Lineup

Zach LaVine (G)

Cody White (G)

Patrick Williams (F)

Garrett Temple (F)

Wendell Carter, Jr. (C)

Houston Rockets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Houston Rockets have been in dismal form lately and suffered their seventh loss in a row in a 118-113 loss to the 76ers. With their latest loss, they have a record of 11 wins and 17 losses and are the 14th seed in the Western Conference.

Much of it has been because of the number of injuries the Rockets have endured. There off-court issues haven’t helped them as well. Backup center DeMarcus Cousins will part ways before the trade deadline.

Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) reacts after making a three point basket against the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The team has some major injury concerns for the upcoming clash. Guard Victor Oladipo is out with a foot injury, backup guard Dante Exum is also out. Young center, Christian Wood is out as he recovers from a possible ankle injury. DeMarcus Cousins is probable with an ankle injury.

With such a depleted squad, the Rockets might find it difficult to challenge the in-form Bulls.

Possible Lineup

Eric Gordon (G)

John Wall (G)

Jae’Sean Tate (F)


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Daniel Hause (F)

DeMarcus Cousins (C)



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The Houston Rockets have multiple injuries and given the great form the Chicago Bulls are in, it will be a tough task for the Rockets to defeat this Bulls team. The Bulls should have an easy win in this matchup.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.