Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
The Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls have both had to deal with the absence of a former league MVP. YouWager experts consider Chicago looks particularly lost down the stretch of their latest loss.
After blowing a 27-point lead, the Bulls will try to get back on track this evening when they continue a four-game homestand against the equally inconsistent Dallas.
Online betting fans aren’t surprised that Chicago (6-7) and the Mavericks (7-8) have had their problems early in the season with both Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki having missed the games, but the Bulls’ worst moment yet came Monday. Up 27 with 2:49 left in the third quarter, Chicago was outscored 42-14 the rest of the way in a 93-92 home defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls fell to 3-4 at the United Center this season after going 26-7 on its home court a year ago — including 12-5 without Rose.
This time around they’re facing a potential three-game slide at the United Center for the first time since dropping five in a row from March 1-19, 2010.
Without Nowitzki Dallas saw eye to eye with Chicago, who also has only once strung together consecutive victories through the first month of the NBA basketball season. They’ll be trying to avoid a third straight defeat in this contest after falling 100-98 versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
The Mavs had an opportunity to tie the score on a pair of O.J. Mayo free throws with 2.7 seconds left, but Dallas’ leading scorer (20.8 points per game) missed both. Jae Crowder got an offensive rebound, but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal the Mavericks’ seventh defeat in 10 games.
However, Dallas did what they could to put themselves in poor position prior to the end. This basketball team committed eight of their 15 turnovers in the four th quarter, with five coming on consecutive possessions.
The Mavericks on Tuesday began a stretch of eight of 10 on the road, fell to 2-5 away from American Airlines Center. Mayo is having problems a difficult time as a visitor, averaging 16.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting compared to 24.3 points and 52.2 percent shooting at home. He scored a season-low 11 points while dishing out seven assists against the Sixers.
Dallas, who is averaging nearly 10 points fewer on the road (95.4) compared to at home (105.3), might have trouble reversing those woes Wednesday. They’ve lost three in a row to the Bulls while averaging 81.0 points.