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2020 NBA Handicapping
(2-3) Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls (2-4)
Date: Sunday, December 27
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -2.5 | Bulls +2.5
NBA Betting Total: 232.5
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Sunday, January 3rd finds the Dallas Mavericks face the Chicago Bulls for the first time in the 2020-21 season.
The Mavericks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 41 wins in 78 meetings. Last season, the clubs played twice with each team taking one victory.
After getting out to a slow start on the season Luka Doncic seems to be settling in. In the last match versus the Heat, Doncic finally seemed to look comfortable and had his shot falling to go along with all his glorious moves in the paint.
Doncic delivered a performance that included a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds along with seven assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 while Dorian Finney-Smith (12) and Josh Richardson (11) were the other Mavericks to reach double-digit scoring.
If there was an issue it was tied to the Mavericks reserves who were outscored 43-23 by the Heat bench.
The Mavericks may be without their star in this Sunday game as Doncic continues to deal with a thigh contusion and is listed as questionable. Maxi Kleber has a sprained ankle but is considered probable.
Kristaps Porzingis continues to progress in his return from offseason knee surgery but isn’t expected back until the middle to end of January.
When Billy Donovan exited the Thunder and signed to coach the Bulls he cited their intent to challenge for a title as a primary reason. But, through the early season, these Bulls look more like a lottery team than a contender.
Their 2-4 record almost feels generous if you’ve watched any of their games. and they’ve only beat the Wizards who are also struggling to start the season.
Their most recent game was a loss to the Bucks who routed them by thirty points (126-96). Four Bulls managed to collect double-figure performances with Zach LaVine leading the way behind a 16 point, six rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block but was tempered by five turnovers.
Denzel Valentine provided 14 points off the bench while Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White each pitched in with 12 points as the only other double-figure scorers.
The Bulls had just 18 assists in the match versus the Bucks which speaks to the lack of ball and player movement. Their 20 turnovers certainly didn’t help matters either.
But, the main issue occurred behind the arc where the Bulls couldn’t stop the Bucks who shot 48.9% from the perimeter collecting 20 triples while they struggled to find the range shooting 23.1% on 6 of 26 from deep.
Chandler Hutchison, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono are all listed as questionable for personal reasons while Lauri Markkanen’s calf injury may also keep him out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- DAL are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Over is 24-9-1 in CHI last 34 Sun. games.
- Underdog is 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
On paper, this should be an easy victory for the Mavericks but if the early season has taught us anything is inconsistency has been rampant throughout the league.
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No doubt the light spread of 2.5 points is tied to the uncertainty of whether Luka will play but even if he doesn’t I like the Mavericks to take this one as the Bulls are still struggling to develop an identity and find consistency on both sides of the hardwood.
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