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Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (13-25) at Dallas Mavericks (13-26)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNC, FSSW

The Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.

The Chicago Bulls look for a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Mirotic is averaging 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Kris Dunn is dishing six assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last six road games.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 101.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 assists. Dirk Nowitzki is the third double-digit scorer and J.J. Barea is dishing six assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last seven home games.

The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Mavericks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Dallas, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls have been a covering machine since they got healthy, and they're worth a look whenever getting points. However, the Dallas Mavericks have also been playing decent basketball as of late and just took the Golden State Warriors down to the wire Wednesday night. The Mavs have also covered 15 of their last 20 games overall. In a battle of two teams that have made us a lot of money the last couple of weeks, you have to like Dallas and the reasonable line at home. Dallas has more talent that makes you think its run is a little more realistic to continue.

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