Bulls vs. Mavericks Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Mavericks are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 211 points. Dallas opened as a 4.5-point fave, while the total has risen from 210 points.
Who the Public Likes: As of Friday afternoon, 62 percent of the public bets have been coming in on the Mavericks.
Injury Report: Point guard Cameron Payne will be out until mid-January as he recovers from foot surgery in September. Guard Zach LaVine is expected back from knee surgery in mid-January. For the Mavericks, Josh McRoberts has not played yet this season due to a knee issue but has been upgraded to questionable for tonight's game. Nerlens Noel is out until early February after undergoing thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament. Dorian Finney-Smith is out indefinitely with lingering tendinitis in his knee. Seth Curry is recovering from a stress reaction in his leg and without a timetable for his return.
Who the Trends Like: Chciago is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall, but 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Dallas. The under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings.
Who We Like: Chicago has had good success in Dallas and this spread seems a couple points too wide. It is mostly due to the strong recent play by the Mavs, who had a four-game win streak snapped with a 125-122 loss to the Warriors their last game. But the Bulls have played some tough opponents during their three-game losing skid and had won three games in a row directly before that. I'm going to go with Kris Dunn and the underdogs here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS +5