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Mavericks home to Bulls in NBA betting action

Chicago BullsDallas Mavericks
31-26February 28, 2014, 08:30 | American Airlines Center36-23

The Dallas Mavericks host Chicago on Friday, looking to build on their 36-23 mark against the 31-26 Bulls in NBA action at American Airlines Center.

Dallas battles the Bulls, currently with a 31-26 mark (29-28 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 32-27 for the Mavericks and 23-34 for the Bulls. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Mavericks in this one, they were listed earlier as -4.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 191 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mavericks rated this week at No. 10 and the Bulls sitting at No. 7. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 93-91 result in favor of the Mavericks today.

Chicago won its last outing, a 103-83 result against the Warriors on February 26. The Bulls covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 186 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Chicago cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Golden State out of the gym and running up a 103-83 score at United Center.

Dallas won its last outing, a 108-89 result against the Pelicans on February 26. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 197 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Dallas got 23 points from Monta Ellis en route to a 108-89 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 104.58 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 92.32 PPG. The Mavericks field goal percentage has averaged 47.4% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Next up:
Chicago home to New York, Sunday, March 2nd
Dallas at San Antonio, Sunday, March 2nd