The Mavericks have gone from a marginal playoff team to a real contender in the Western Conference. They are likely to be a popular NBA betting choice in this game at Chicago on Saturday.
Basketball betting has seen the Mavericks win 7 of the last 10 against the Bulls. The problem for those backing Dallas in this series is that the Mavericks are just 3-7 against the basketball betting odds in those games. Dallas has won three of the last five games at Chicago but they are just 2-3 against the spread.
Dallas has struggled for the most part this season against the basketball betting odds. What is weird about their numbers though is that they have a winning record on the road vs. the NBA betting odds. At home they have really struggled but on the road they are 19-13 vs. the basketball betting line. Dallas used to be a two-man scoring team with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry. Now that they have Caron Butler they have three solid scoring options and Jason Kidd is distributing the ball to each of them. The Mavericks are starting to improve their overall stats as they are 14th on offense and 15th on defense.
Chicago has a winning record this season and they are capable of winning in basketball betting. Derrick Rose is an excellent guard and the Bulls do have some talent including Luol Deng. They are inconsistent though and their offense is just 25th in the league this season. The Eastern Conference is not as strong as the Western Conference though and that means the Bulls are likely to make the playoffs with a .500 record. The Bulls have a winning record vs. the basketball betting point spread at home this season so that gives them a shot in this game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Bulls are 14th in the league on defense so more of their games go under the total than go over in NBA betting.
Dallas is the more talented team but the Bulls have shown they can compete at home against top teams. Whether or not the Bulls have enough offense to contend with the Mavericks is the question that will need to be answered in this NBA betting game.