Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls - 2/28/14
Chicago Bulls (31-26) at Dallas Mavericks (36-23)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks look to stay hot tonight when they welcome the Chicago Bulls to town.
The Mavericks have won 10 of their last 12 games and will be looking to extend their current win streak to five tonight after cruising past the Pelicans by 108-89 on Wednesday. Monta Ellis scored a team-high 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Mavs easily beat the shorthanded Pelicans who just couldn't hang with them once they lost Anthony Davis midway through the second quarter with a shoulder sprain. Yes, the win came with an element of luck because Davis is such a big part of the Pelicans' offense and defense, but the Mavs have been one of the hottest teams in the league and probably would have won anyway.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have won seven of their last eight games and will be going for a third straight win after destroying the Warriors by 103-83 on Wednesday. Taj Gibson led the scoring with 21 points in 27 minutes off the bench, while Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, but not surprisingly, it was on the defensive end where the Bulls really dominated, holding the Warriors to 35 percent shooting and Stephen Curry to just five points with five turnovers. With the win, Chicago improves to 31-26 overall and 17-10 at home where they've won their last four.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games, while the Mavs are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas.
Both of these teams are in such good form that it's hard to pick a winner here. However, with the added bonus of home court advantage I just feel that the Mavs should be good enough to win this one by seven or eight points.