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NBA Matchup - Bulls Mavericks Odds Preview

Dallas MavericksChicago Bulls
16-13December 28, 2013, 08:00 | United Center11-16

United Center will feature Bulls vs. Mavericks action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

The Bulls bring a 11-16 record (10-17 ATS) to the battle against the 16-13 Mavericks, who are 14-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 11-16 so far and the Mavericks go 17-12. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-rated Bulls and the No. 17-rated Mavericks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 91-90 win for the Mavericks on Saturday.

The Mavericks were a 116-107 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (223) made winners of OVER bettors. Dallas got 25 points from Dirk Nowitzki en route to a 116-107 loss against San Antonio on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

Chicago won its last outing, a 95-78 result against the Nets on December 25. The Bulls covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 173 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bulls grabbed a 95-78 win over the Nets on Wednesday, behind a 20-point effort from Taj Gibson at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense (91.89 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 27 at 102.83 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 42.42% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (46.6% on average).

Next up:
Dallas at Minnesota, Monday, December 30th
Chicago at Vancouver, Monday, December 30th