The Dallas Mavericks will be looking for redemption when they host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday after losing for the first time in their last five matches. On the other hand, their opponents will be looking to overcome the 4-game losing streak they are on.
Date & Time: 17th January’21, 2pm CT
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas
The Texan team did not begin the season on the best note with MVP favorite Luka Doncic struggling for form and fitness. Merely 15 days ago, they lost to the Bulls in the absence of Doncic to be on an unfavorable 2-4 record. But they have turned it around since with 4 consecutive wins.
But the Milwaukee Bucks interrupted this honeymoon period, handing them a close 112-109 defeat. Kristaps Porzingis, in just his second game back, air-balled a clutch 3 to the dismay of Doncic. What further upset the already disgruntled superstar was coach Rick Carlisle’s inability to call a timeout.
So, they will look to get back to winning ways. However, Porzingis might be slightly questionable for this one because of load management. But since the Mavericks are already short-handed, he may have to take to the court.
Guard – Luka Doncic
Guard – Tim Hardaway Jr.
Center – Willie Cauley-Stein
Forward – Wes Iwundu
Forward – Kristaps Porzingis
This team is all about Zach LaVine, who is playing at an All-Star level. He is averaging a career-high 28.3 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is also mixing it up with efficiency, with a 39.6% 3-point shooting and 49.8% overall shooting.
For all their proficiencies on the offensive end, the Bulls can’t play a lick of defense. And that has been their undoing all this season.
Guard – Zach LaVine
Guard – Coby White
Center – Wendell Carter Jr.
Forward – Lauri Markkanen
Forward – Patrick Williams
This is an opportune moment for KP to find his shooting form. The Bulls give their opponents acres of space, and one can expect the Mavs to exploit this. Hence, they are the favorites for this matchup.
But the Bulls are a potent threat on the fast break. And they can spring a surprise now and then. So, don’t count out the underdogs yet.
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