Bulls at Mavericks - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (15-11) at Dallas Mavericks (16-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSSW
The Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks square off Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Chicago Bulls look for another sweet road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.5 points and 3.3 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.4 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last six road games.
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The Dallas Mavericks also look for a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 101.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 12.7 points and 1.7 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and Raymond Felton is dishing 3.5 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last nine home games. Deron Williams and Devin Harris are questionable.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Bulls are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
Not sure why the Bulls are a decent sized underdog against a Mavs team that's not great or anything. Chicago should be able to get the job done here.