NBA Betting Pick: Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks – Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

The Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks are each coming off a day of rest, so expect a fast pace right out of the gate on Sunday night. The two are set for an 8:00PM ET tipoff inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois with both teams searching for their third win of the season.

The Mavericks are 2-3 early on in the season and haven’t fared too well on the road, only winning one of their three games away from home. They find themselves on the road yet again, so hopefully they can shake their early season struggles. They’ll need a healthy Luka Doncic to make that happen.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are 2-4 thus far and haven’t won a game at home yet — despite already playing three games on their home court. They’ll have another opportunity on Sunday night, but they’re pretty banged up with five players listed out with injury — including Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, and Thaddeus Young.

Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview: Will the Mavs build off their previous victory?

The Dallas Mavericks haven’t gotten off to the start everyone thought they’d get off to this year. It’s been a slow start, but we know what this team is capable of. Luka Doncic is one of the future stars of this league and they’re still waiting for Kristaps Porzingis to recover and join him on the court.

Doncic is averaging an impressive 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.4 steals per game this year. Tim Hardaway averages 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Josh Richardson rounds out their current big-three with 13 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

Chicago Bulls Betting Preview: Can the Bulls bounce back after their loss?

The Chicago Bulls lost their first three games of the season, but bounced back with two-straight victories before dropping their last game to the Milwaukee Bucks. They need to win this one before falling three games under .500 to start the season. There’s plenty of time left in the season, but they don’t want to get behind.

Not having Lauri Markkanen will hurt. He’s averaging an impressive 17.3 points (second-best on the team) and 6.8 rebounds per game. Zach LaVine is leading them with 22.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. They have five others averaging double digits in points, which is a good thing.

Mavericks vs. Bulls Betting Odds & Lines

Do you see the Mavericks or the Bulls earning their third win of the season on Sunday night? BetOnline has the Dallas Mavericks (-110) with the 6-point advantage over the Chicago Bulls (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 224 total points.

Free Betting Pick

Neither of these two teams have hit their stride thus far this season, but tonight could be the night one of them finds their groove. Dallas is coming off a strong defensive effort against the Miami Heat, while the Bulls just got blown out by the Bucks. The Mavs might have the momentum, but don’t count Chicago out.

Ultimately, injuries are going to play a major role in the outcome of this one. In addition to Markkanen, Young, and Satoransky being listed as out, Chicago has Ryan Arcidiacono and Chandler Hutchison listed as out. Dallas has Maxi Kleber and Luka Doncic listed as day-to-day, but expected to play.

Final Score Prediction 119-112, Dallas Mavericks.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Dallas Mavericks (-6)

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