Will John Wall Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 01/18/2021, 10:08 AM EST
Jan 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball against Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter of a game at Toyota Center on January 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

After the James Harden trade saga, the Houston Rockets will look to remain competitive with a new look side. With a depleted side and multiple injuries, the Rockets fell short in their last game. Now, they will hope that their role players can step up.


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The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a fabulous win against a formidable opponent in Dallas Mavericks. After four consecutive losses which saw the Bulls squander leads, they took control against the Mavs and were great defensively.

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 finally came back to winning ways after a fantastic performance against the Dallas Mavericks. The win became even more special because it was a complete team performance, while their starters Zach LaVine and Coby White took a backseat.

Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) handles the ball defended by Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls have some minor injury concerns ahead of their next game. Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchinson will also miss the game due to the health and safety protocol of the NBA.

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)

Lauri Markkanen (F)

Wendell Carter, Jr. (C)

Houston Rockets injury updates and lineup prediction

The Rockets have had a rocky start to their season. They only have four victories in the eleven games they have played. After trading their talisman, James Harden, the Rockets find themselves with a very new look side.

The team has some major injury concerns for the upcoming clash. Backup guard Brodric Thomas is out with an ankle injury, Danuel House is out with COVID-19, and John Wall is also out with a knee injury. Even new signings Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, and Chris Clemons haven’t joined the team.

Jan 14, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown (0) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Keldon Johnson (3) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Sterling Brown is questionable with a lower leg injury, DeMarcus Cousins is probable with an ankle injury, and Eric Gordon is also probable with a lower leg injury.

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

Possible Lineup

Eric Gordon (G)

Ben McLemore (G)

Jae’Sean Tate (F)

P. J. Tucker (F)


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Christian Wood (C)


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.


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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.