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2021 NBA Handicapping
(26-10) Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks (21-18)
Date: Sunday, January 9th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bulls -130 | Mavericks +122 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -2.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Sunday, January 9th, finds the Chicago Bulls facing the Dallas Mavericks for the second and final time this season. Chicago took the opening match 117-107 on November 10th.
Both teams played on Friday with the Bulls extending their win streak to nine with a 130-122 successful effort versus the Wizards while the Mavericks also scored 130 points defeating the Rockets by 24 points (130-106).
Last season, the squads played twice with Dallas taking both contests. The Mavericks hold the advantage all-time having won 41 times of the club’s 81 meetings.
The hottest team in the association is the Chicago Bulls who have won nine games in a row. The streak has helped them to pull to the top of the Eastern Conference building a 2.5 pad over both the Nets and a three-game margin over the Bucks and Heat
The Bulls have everyone out of protocols but there are players dealing with injuries including Alex Caruso (foot), Javote Green (groin), and Tyler Cook (ankle) all of whom are out indefinitely. Patrick Williams (thumb) is lost for the season.
The first All-Star fan ballot returns are in with Luka Doncic just behind Stephen Curry and ahead of Ja Morant in the guard voting (DeRozan is the top Eastern guard vote-getter). It’s been a tough season for Doncic who arrived out of shape to camp then dealt with ankle injuries as well as COVID.
Overall, he’s missed 15 of 39 games and just got back from missing 10 games only to injure that same ankle again causing him to sit versus Houston and he’s questionable for Sunday.
Mavericks in protocols include Kristaps Porzingis who is out and Boban Marjanovic is questionable. Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) has missed the last 21 games and won’t play versus Chicago.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Bulls are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Bulls are 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- Over Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Bulls are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’ last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 10 games.
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Initially, I felt similarly about the Mavericks defense as my early take on the Nets defense — the latter is coming to fruition now but Dallas continues to feast ranking fifth.
In fairness, they are a lengthy team and employ a few specific schemes that are keys to their success. Notably, they’re very physically aggressive and tend to get away with it. Watch for holding as they make sure to slow teams from getting out in transition.
Where they shine is not turning over the ball (2nd) which equates to the second-fewest opponent points scored off turnovers. Although they rank 25th in rebounding (23rd on the offensive glass) they also rank high at limiting opponents’ second-chance scoring.
Partial credit can be attributed to the Mavs compensating rebounds in place of being set in their transition defense. They reside near the middle (12th) in perimeter defense.
The issue for Dallas is typically they don’t have to employ transition, paint, and perimeter all against the same opponent since teams tend to lean toward one or two areas.
But the Bulls are equally adept at scoring in all three areas of the court. Chicago can be high flyers in transition, drive the ball down the heart of the paint, light it up from the perimeter or use the half-court and let the mid-range assassin break down the defense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls -2.5
I’m still not fully buying stock on Dallas and keep waiting for the other shoe to drop while the Bulls have me buying stock as they’ve convinced me (at least for the regular season) they have the perfect complement of two-way play and versatile offense.
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