Saturday, December 26, 2015
American Airlines Center
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The Chicago Bulls travel to American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, December 26, 2015. The opening line for this game has Dallas as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 15-11 and a road record of 4-6. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.8 as they are averaging 100.4 points per game while giving up 99.5 per contest. The Mavericks have an overall record of 16-13 and a home record of 7-5. They currently are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 101.3 points per game and surrendering 101.1, good for a point differential of 0.2.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 21.5 points per game while playing 37.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 5 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Pau Gasol averages 15.9 points per game in 30.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 10.8 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Dirk Nowitzki averages 17.5 points per game while playing 30.1 minutes per contest this year for the Mavericks. He grabs 7 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Deron Williams averages 14.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.3 rebounds per contest and 5.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 93%.
Chicago averages 100.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.8 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 58.6 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranks them 1st and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.4 per game. The Bulls allow 99.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 57.3 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 21.7 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Dallas averages 101.3 points per game this year which ranks them 16th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They average 51.1 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per contest which ranks them 23rd and 13th respectively. In the turnover department the Mavericks rank 3rd with 13.7 per game. The Mavericks allow 101.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.9 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 21.3 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Mavericks force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 9-17-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 10-16-0 against the over/under
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 17-12-0 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 13-15-1 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/22/15 C Joakim Noah Shoulder expected to miss 2 weeks
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
Dallas Mavericks Injuries
12/24/15 PG Deron Williams Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Chicago
12/24/15 PG Devin Harris Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Chicago
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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