Bulls vs. Mavericks - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (13-5) at Chicago Bulls (11-6)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSNC
The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls play Tuesday night at the United Center.
The Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games and will play their third straight road game. On the season, the Mavericks are averaging 109.1 points on 48 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Monta Ellis leads Dallas with 19.6 points and 4.8 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 19.4 points on 49.6 percent shooting. Chandler Parsons is shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and Tyson Chandler is averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks remain the best offensive team in the league and are 13-2 SU this season when scoring 100-plus points. In order to truly take that next step as a championship contender, the Mavs must improve their defensive efforts, as they’re allowing 40.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games.
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The Chicago Bulls have won three of their last four games and are looking for a statement win. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 101.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 98.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 21.9 points on 49.8 percent shooting and Pau Gasol is averaging 19.4 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Rose has 35 points in his last two games and Joakim Noah has grabbed 24 rebounds in his last two games. The Chicago Bulls are finally starting to get healthy and show the league what they can do but now have to be more consistent at both ends. The Bulls are still trying to figure things out offensively, as they’re shooting 43.4 percent from the field in their last five games. Taj Gibson is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.
The Mavericks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central and 56-23 ATS in their last 79 road games. The Bulls are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
While free points and the Mavs is interesting, I think a healthy Bulls team will find a way to get the job done at home. Give me Chicago and the tiny chalk.