Mavericks vs Bulls: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – January 3, 2021

The Chicago Bulls (2-4) host the Dallas Mavericks (2-3) after losing three straight home games. The Mavericks are favored by in the contest, which tips at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of January 3, 2021, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Mavericks vs Bulls Betting Odds

Injury Report as of January 3

Mavericks:
Luka Doncic: Day To Day (Quad),
Kristaps Porzingis: Out (Knee),
Maxi Kleber: Day To Day (Ankle)

Bulls:
Lauri Markkanen: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Ryan Arcidiacono: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Chandler Hutchison: Out (Self Isolating),
Tomas Satoransky: Out (Health and Safety Protocols)

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Mavericks (-5)

Pick OU:
Under ()

Prediction:
Bulls 117 Mavericks 107
Our computers expect the same result as DraftKings, but have the Mavericks winning by a considerably more robust margin (9.6 points). Take the Mavericks.

Mavericks Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Luka Doncic 5 24.4 7.6 6.4 0.6 0.4 1.0
Tim Hardaway Jr. 5 15.2 3.4 1.6 1.2 0.2 2.8
Josh Richardson 5 13.0 3.4 2.0 0.8 0.2 1.8
Dorian Finney-Smith 5 9.2 4.4 0.8 1.2 0.2 1.6
Jalen Brunson 5 9.0 2.6 2.8 0.6 0.0 0.6

Mavericks Player Props

  • Luka Doncic’s assists prop total for the matchup is set at 8.5 assists, 2.1 higher than his season average of 6.4.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 3.5, 0.7 shots higher than his season average of 2.8.
  • Maxi Kleber’s blocks prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.7 blocks higher than his season average of 0.8.

Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 6 22.2 4.5 3.5 1.5 0.7 2.2
Otto Porter Jr. 6 14.8 6.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 2.2
Coby White 6 14.5 4.3 5.7 0.2 0.2 2.5
Wendell Carter Jr. 6 12.5 7.8 2.5 0.2 0.7 0.5
Patrick Williams 6 10.2 3.0 1.0 0.2 1.0 0.8

Bulls Player Props

  • Zach LaVine’s points prop over/under for the game is set at 23.5, 1.3 points greater than his season average of 22.2.
  • Coby White’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 25.5, 1.0 higher than his season average of 24.5.
  • White’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 2.5, equal to his season average of 2.5.
  • LaVine’s steals prop over/under for the game is set at 1.5, equal to his season average of 1.5.

Shooting Trends

  • The Mavericks make 44.3% of their shots from the field this season, which is 4.4 percentage points lower than the Bulls have allowed to their opponents (48.7%).
  • Dallas is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall when it shoots higher than 48.7% from the field.
  • Chicago is 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 44.3% from the field.
  • The Bulls are shooting 45.3% from the field, 0.5% lower than the 45.8% the Mavericks’ opponents have shot this season.
  • Chicago is 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 overall when it shoots higher than 45.8% from the field.
  • When Dallas’ opponents shoot greater than 45.3% from the field, it is 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 overall.
  • The Mavericks shoot 31.7% from deep, 8.0% lower than the 39.7% the Bulls allow to opponents.
  • Dallas is 0-1 against the spread and 0-1 overall when it shoots better than 39.7% from distance.
  • Chicago has put up a 1-0 against the spread while going 1-0 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot higher than 31.7% from deep.
  • The Bulls are knocking down 35.7% of their shots from three-point range, which is -2.6 percentage points fewer than the 33.1% the Mavericks’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Chicago is 3-1 against the spread and 2-2 overall when shooting above 33.1% as a team from three-point range.
  • Dallas has a 2-0 ATS record and a 2-0 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 35.7% from three-point range.
  • The Mavericks connect on 12 three-pointers per game this season, just 0.7 fewer made shots on average than the 12.7 per game the Bulls give up.
  • When Chicago makes more three-pointers than its opponents, it is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall. When Dallas is out-shot from beyond the arc by its opponents, it is 0-3 ATS and 0-3 straight up.
  • The Bulls rank 12th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Mavericks give up the fifth-fewest made threes in the league.

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Mavericks vs Bulls Stat Rankings

Mavericks Rank Mavericks AVG Bulls AVG Bulls Rank
24th 106.6 Points Scored 113.7 10th
3rd 103.6 Points Allowed 123.5 29th
26th 41.6 Rebounds 42.5 15th
28th 7.4 Off. Rebounds 8 23rd
16th 12 3pt Made 12.7 12th
30th 20.8 Assists 24.7 12th
2nd 11.2 Turnovers 18 29th

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