Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are a 3.5-point home favorite over the Dallas Mavericks.Â The over/under total for the game is 184.Â The Bulls are catching the Mavericks in the midst of losing six of their last seven games and off a back to back. The Mavericks did win last night at home over the Los Angeles Lakers.Â Â The Mavericks have actually been pretty good during the second game of back-to-back situations, going 5-3 straight up and against the spread.
Dirk Nowitzki has been playing despite an injured knee.Â Dallas has had problems on the defensive end.Â Dallas have been giving up 100+ points in four of their last six games.Â Much of their lack of recent defensive struggles are due to the fact that their starting forward and lock down defender Caron Butler is out for the season with a knee injury.Â The Mavericks are also only scoring 96.7 points per game, which ranks them 27th in the league.
Chicago had won three in a row before losing on Tuesday 83-82 to the Charlotte Hornets.Â The Bulls failed to cover as a 7.5-point home favorite.Â Despite that loss the Bulls hold an 18-4 home record and are 13-9 against the spread at home.Â The Bulls outscore their opponents by a 100.3-90.7 margin at home showing their dominance on the home floor.
Dallas and Chicago have already met once this season with the Bulls winning 88-83 as a five-point road underdog.Â The combined 171 points went well below the 193-point total.Â Dallas has not had much success at Chicago lately, going 3-7 against the spread in it last ten trips to Chicago.
I am taking the Bulls as a 3.5 point favorite in this game.Â They are simply just playing better basketball than the Mavericks at this point of the season.Â Dirk Nowitzki not playing at 100% and the fact that they played last evening and had to travel to Chicago after the game will definitely hinder their performance.Â I am also going to take the er 184 since the Mavericks have not been laying much defense since Caron Butlers injury.Â I will not be surprised if the Bulls put up 100 points in this match-up.
Chicago Bulls -3.5 Dallas Mavericks