Mavericks vs Bulls Preview and Free Pick [1/17/2017]

Dallas (13-27) at Chicago (21-21)
When: Tuesday, January 17th 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FSN Southwest

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Two teams looking for their third win in a row will battle Tuesday night as the Chicago Bulls host the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center. Chicago is coming off wins in back-to-back nights over the weekend including a solid 108-104 win at Memphis after taking care of the Pelicans the night before by eight points at home. The Bulls shot 51.3% against the Grizzlies and got a huge night off the bench from Doug McDermott, who poured in a season-high 31 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 10-of-11 from the foul line. Star Jimmy Butler worked his way back from an illness that saw him miss two games last week and scored 28 against New Orleans and 16 against Memphis. Butler was the leading scorer for the team on December 3rd when the Bulls were throttled in Dallas 107-82. Chicago fell into a 12-point hole at halftime and never recovered, scoring just 16 in the fourth quarter. They shot 45.1%, but were only 3-of-13 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 20 times. The Bulls will get a couple of days off before a matchup at Atlanta on Friday night.


Dallas’ modest two-game winning streak is not as impressive as the Bulls. The Mavs took care of the Timberwolves and Suns since last Thursday and now will have road dates with Chicago and Miami before returning home for three straight. Six players scored in double-figures in Sunday’s 98-87 win over Minnesota with Wesley Matthews leading the way with 19. The veteran shooting guard, who averages 15.2 points a game, has scored 37 in the last two contests and is 8-for-16 from three-point land. Dallas’ fourth-ranked defense (100.5) held the Timberwolves to just 17 points in the fourth quarter and limited their 3-point shooting to 5-of-21. Matthews was also the star of the game against Chicago back in early December when he hit 7-of-11 three-pointers en route to 26 points. Center Andrew Bogut, who grabbed 11 rebounds in the first meeting, will not play tonight as he is nursing a hamstring injury. Dallas is tied with Phoenix for the worst record in the Western Conference and are just 5-16 away from home.

I really like the Bulls in this one. Dallas hasn’t won three in a row all season and the Bulls are looking for a little revenge from the December meeting. Butler is playing great and I expect him to take over and give Chicago an easy victory.

Pick: Bulls -5