Update: Irving has been downgraded to doubtful, so he’s likely out for this contest. The Mavericks are now 4-point favorites and the total is 223.5. We’ll keep our picks for the Mavericks to cover and the over to hit, even with Irving set to miss this game.
The Chicago Bulls (2-2) travel to face the Dallas Mavericks (3-0) on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from the American Airlines Center, with Luka Doncic and company looking to remain undefeated on the season.
For Chicago, Zach LaVine (back) is dealing with an ailment but is probable to play Wednesday night. For Dallas, Kyrie Irving (foot) remains questionable after he sat out the last game with a left foot sprain.
The Mavericks are 5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 224. Dallas is -198 on the moneyline while Chicago is +164.
Bulls vs. Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Mavericks -5
Dallas is undefeated to start the season and is 2-1 against the spread, albeit 0-1 when at home. The Bulls are just 1-3 ATS, and 1-1 away from the United Center. While Irving’s playing status is impactful, it’s tough to ignore the Mavericks’ scoring efficiency to start the year. They rank eighth in the league with an average scoring margin of +9.0, while Chicago has a net rating of -6.9.
Even if Irving sits out, Doncic should be enough for the Mavericks to win and cover at home.
Over/Under: Over 224
Every game for the Mavericks so far has finished over the point total, which is likely a factor of how they’re scoring the ball. Dallas is tied for first in the NBA as the team scores at a clip of 125.3 PPG, and has the league’s best offensive rating at 121.5. Chicago is 17th in defensive rating (111.5) but as long as the Mavericks keep scoring with ease, take the over in this matchup.