It’s an early tip-off time for the Chicago Bulls today as they have an afternoon clash against another Western Conference foe. This will be the seven straight game Chicago has faced off against a team from the West and also marks the end of a long road trip which started 12 days ago in Portland. However, since that win over the Trail Blazers, it hasn’t been smoothing sailing at all for Chicago. They have dropped four games in a row and despite Chicago having a chance to win it late in all of them, they couldn’t get it done. It was an especially painful loss in their last game against Oklahoma City. Chicago blew a 16 point lead in the fourth quarter and due to some crucial late turnovers in regulation, ended up losing to the Thunder 127-125 in overtime. The loss now puts the Bulls at a record of 4-8, tied with the Toronto Raptors for third worst in the Eastern Conference. Only the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards have worse records.
The Bulls will be facing off against the Dallas Mavericks today. These two teams met earlier this month with Chicago winning that one thanks to 39 points from Zach LaVine. Since then however, Dallas has been playing well. They’ve won three out of their last four and sit sixth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 6-5. Despite 28 points from Luka Doncic and 15 from Kristaps Porzingis in just his second game back, they weren’t able to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-109. Dallas had a chance to force overtime but Porzingis missed a three with 10 seconds left.
This game will be very different from the one the two teams played two weeks ago. The biggest factor being the health of the Mavericks two best players. They didn’t have Doncic or Porzingis in that one but both should be ready to go today. Doncic will surely test the defensive prowess of Chicago’s backcourt while Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and maybe Wendell Carter Jr. will have their hands full against Porzingis. With his three-point shooting, the Bulls big men will be forced to leave the paint and it may open up driving lanes for Doncic. Dallas had one of the best offenses in the league last season and they have an extremely talented offensive creator in Doncic. Stopping the Mavericks offense will surely be a tough task.
Chandler Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky remain out due to Health and Safety Protocols. Devon Dotson and Luke Kornet are not with the team at the moment as they are back in Chicago as described by Billy Donovan pre-game last Friday. Otto Porter Jr. and Garrett Temple are probable.
Meanwhile for Dallas, they will be missing a handful of players due to health and safety protocols. Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleiber, Dwight Powell, and Josh Richardson are all out with that designation for Dallas. Meanwhile Tim Haradaway Jr. won’t be available in this one due to a strain in his left groin.
Game Time: 2PM CT
Odds: Dallas opened up as a 7.5 point favorite but the line has moved down slightly to the Mavericks being a 6.5 favorite. You can still find places that offer Dallas (+7.5) or even (+6). As for the O/U, a lot of places have it set at 227 but you can find 226.5 as well (all via the Action Network).