Dallas Mavericks (2-3) at Chicago Bulls (2-4)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls meet Sunday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Dallas Mavericks look for a win to get back to a .500 record. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 106.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 24.4 points and 6.4 assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dorian Finney-Smith is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game.
The Chicago Bulls need a win here to rebound from a 2-4 record. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 113.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 123.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 22.2 points and 3.5 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Coby White is dishing 5.7 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 overall. The over is 24-9-1 in Bulls last 34 Sunday games. The Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
You'll have to check the status of Luka Doncic before betting this game, but I'm not sure it matters completely. The Dallas Mavericks are still a decent team with great offense outside of their best player, and the Bulls are still one of the worst teams in the league with a massive struggling defense. With or without Luka, I'll lay the small chalk with the Mavs on the road.