Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 1/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+7.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (6-5) host the Chicago Bulls (4-8) at American Airlines Center on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Dallas as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 224.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced the Oklahoma City Thunder and took a loss by a final of 127-125 in their last game. Chicago wrapped up the contest with a 47.3% field goal percentage (43 out of 91) and converted 21 out of their 46 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Bulls converted 18 of 25 attempts for a rate of 72.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they earned 56 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 27 assists for the contest while earning 5 steals and 8 rejections. In terms of defense, Chicago let their opponent shoot 45.7% from the field on 48 out of 105 shooting. Oklahoma City earned 26 assists and had 12 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Thunder pulled down 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Oklahoma City finished shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 24 shots. They also made 15 out of their 45 tries from 3-point land.
Zach LaVine is a guy who had an impact in this game. He totaled 35 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He played 42:31 mins and snagged 7 boards. LaVine finished the game shooting 57.9% from the floor and totaled 6 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bulls was Coby White. He snagged 9 rebounds and also had 7 dimes. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field in the game by shooting 8-of-20 (22 points). When all was said and done, White was on the hardwood for 44:24 min.
Chicago heads into this contest with a mark of 4-8 on the season. The Bulls are connecting on 38.5% on shots from beyond the arc (168 of 436) and 80.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 116.8 points per game (4th in the NBA) on 47.6% from the floor. They are turning it over 18.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 21.8 fouls per game. As a unit, Chicago is pulling down 44.4 rebounds per game and has tallied 301 dimes this season, which is 13th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 22.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 23rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 313 conceded on the season. The Bulls defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.8% (174 of 268) and they relinquish 42.6 boards per contest as a basketball team. They concede 38.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 29th in the league in opponents PPG (121.6).
When they last played, the Dallas Mavericks took a loss by a final score of 112-109 when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Mavericks snagged 40 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 51 for the contest. They rejected 6 tries while earning 5 steals in this game. The Bucks committed 14 fouls in this game which got the Mavericks to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throws for a percentage of 46.2%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Dallas buried 13 of 36 attempts (36.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Mavericks shot 45 out of 97 from the field which had them at 46.4%. The Mavericks permitted the Bucks to knock down 43 out of their 96 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.8% for the game. They shot 37.8% from distance by going 14 of 37 and ended up going 12 of 25 from the charity stripe (48.0%). In regard to how they rebounded, Dallas permitted Milwaukee to snag 57 in all (16 offensive).
Luka Dončić ended up having an impact for the Mavericks in this matchup. He knocked down 12 of 24 for the contest for a rate of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 28 points. Dončić grabbed 9 boards in his 35:45 mins of time on the court and accounted for 13 dimes in the matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Dallas was Tim Hardaway. He notched 22 points in his 37:00 mins on the hardwood by way of 9 out of 17 from the floor in this game. Hardaway ended the game having shot 52.9% from the field as well as totaling 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Dallas has a mark of 6-5 this year. Dallas has 1,203 pts this season (109.4 per contest) and they pull in 44.8 boards per game. The Mavericks commit 21.3 fouls per game and they go 73.8% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mavericks are hitting on 45.3% from the field, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.5 times per game (26th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per contest. The Mavericks on defense are ranked 3rd in basketball in PPG allowed with 105.1. They allow 21.8 assists and 46.5 boards per game, which has them ranked 2nd and 23rd in the NBA. The Dallas defense surrenders 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc (125 of 396) and opponents are knocking down 73.6% of their foul shots. They are able to force 15.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the floor (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-7.5)
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