Rockets at Bulls, Jan. 10: Lineups, how to watch, injury reports, uniforms

The ongoing six-game road trip for the Rockets (18-17) — Houston’s longest in more than a decade — didn’t get off to an ideal start thanks to Monday’s seven-point loss to the Miami Heat.

On Wednesday, they have an opportunity to make amends when they face the Bulls (17-21) in Chicago. And on paper, they need to.

After facing losing teams this week in Chicago and Detroit (3-33), the Rockets will wrap up the road trip with a difficult three-game stretch. On night two of a back-to-back, they head to Boston on Saturday, where the Celtics (28-8) own the NBA’s best record.

Then, the Rockets will travel down the East Coast to face the 76ers (23-12) on Monday and the Knicks (21-15) next Wednesday.

Thus, Houston needs to take advantage of an opportunity to boost its record in these matchups against lesser teams. Even so, this Wednesday’s game in Chicago could be more challenging than it first appears, since the Bulls enter with seven wins in their last 11 outings.

When and How to Watch

Probable starting lineups

Houston Rockets (18-17)

  • Guard: Fred VanVleet

  • Guard: Jalen Green

  • Forward: Jae’Sean Tate

  • Forward: Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Center: Alperen Sengun

Chicago Bulls (17-21)

  • Guard: Coby White

  • Guard: Alex Caruso

  • Forward: DeMar DeRozan

  • Forward: Patrick Williams

  • Center: Andre Drummond

Projected lineups are based on each team’s previous game.

Injury reports

Houston’s injury report lists Victor Oladipo (left patellar tendon repair), Dillon Brooks (right oblique strain), and Tari Eason (left lower leg injury management) as out. Nate Hinton, Jermaine Samuels Jr. and Nate Williams are with the team’s NBA G League affiliate.

On the other side, Chicago is without Lonzo Ball (left knee surgery) and Torrey Craig (right plantar fascia sprain) due to injury, while Adama Sanogo, Henri Drell, and Onuralp Bitim are in the G League.

Patrick Williams (right ankle strain), Zach LaVine (right shoulder soreness, right foot inflammation), and Alex Caruso (cervical strain) are all probable to play in Wednesday’s game against the Rockets.

Jan. 10 uniform choices

  • Rockets: Black Statement Edition

  • Bulls: White Association Edition

(via LockerVision)

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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire