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The surging Dallas Mavericks are set to head on the road to take on the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Luka Doncic off to promising start
The Mavericks entered the 2018-19 campaign with the expectation that this would be a year of many growing pains, but it has seen rookie forward Luka Doncic already take many strides. Doncic is currently leading the way with a team-best 20.2 points per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. He has been an offensive factor throughout his first several weeks of the season posting 20-plus points in seven of his first 12 career games. This has seen him reach that mark in his last three straight games while nailing multiple 3-pointers all but twice so far this season. Among all rookies in this year’s draft class, he is first in scoring, third in rebounding, second in assists, tied for fourth in steals, sixth in field goal percentage, and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage. Doncic’s consistent production has been a huge key to helping the Mavericks take some strides forward.
That ball movement tho 👌 pic.twitter.com/YP3XqftYqr
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 11, 2018
Former All-Star center DeAndre Jordan has also been a major factor on the glass recording at least 10 boards in each of Dallas’ first 11 games this season, which has set a franchise-record streak to begin the year. Jordan has fit in seamlessly into the fold and has been a huge part in helping the team move gather some consistency. This has helped the Mavericks find some consistency on the floor with him leading the charge. The team has stepped it up in the last couple of games toppling more than 110 points in both of their wins in the past three contests. This uptick offensively has pushed them to 12th in the NBA with 110.8 points per contest, which could see them present some defensive issues for the Bulls to handle on Monday night. This has billing to see the Mavericks grab their first road win of the season.
Bulls working through growing pains
The Bulls moved all in with their youth movement centered on the rebuild of the franchise this season. It has seen them struggle to play with any consistency through the first several weeks of the year with them ranking in the bottom half of the league being 23rd in scoring with 106.5 points per game along with being 21st with 113.1 points per game allowed. Their lack of true impact in both of these areas of the game has made it hard for them to break through in the early goings. However, guard Zach LaVine has been able to come into his own offensive currently ranking fourth in the league with 27.2 points per game. He has been the clear-cut top offensive factor for the Bulls currently posting 14 straight games with 20-plus points to begin the year with five 30-point performances. He is just the second Chicago Bulls player to score 30 or more points in his first four games to start a season joining Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
These young #Bulls sure do know how to put on a show!
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 11, 2018
Although LaVine has been as consistent as they come offensively, the Bulls haven’t had any strong supportive scoring behind him this year. It has put them behind the eight ball a bit on many nights. Chicago does have some promising young talent, but it has seen them step up to provide more scoring production. Offseason addition Jabari Parker is still finding his way with the team as he’s averaging 14.7 points on 45.0 percent shooting from the floor and 26.8 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.7 rebounds. If the Bulls hope to take the next step it will require Parker to step up into a more prominent offensive role behind LaVine to help provide stability on that end of the floor. If they hope to move past the Mavericks, it will require them to put together a strong offensive outing in order to keep the ball rolling forward.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Bulls are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Monday games.
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Mavericks have looked to have found some consistency over the last couple of games. This steps forward behind their offensive attack led by Doncic should see them grab their first road win of the year. What should also be noted is that Dallas is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Chicago.
Prediction: Dallas +2
Full-Game Total Pick
Although these two teams have picked up the pace as of late, they are in the bottom tier of the league offensively. This should see this game pace toward being below the over. The under is also 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two franchises in games played in Chicago.