An interesting inter-conference matchup in the NBA features the Chicago Bulls taking on the Dallas Mavericks, this Friday at 8:30 PM ET at the American Airlines Center.
The Bulls are 31-26 record this season; they have won seven of the last eight games only falling against the Miami Heat last Sunday. Chicago beat the Golden State Warriors 103-83 on Wednesday, leaving Steph Curry with only five points in the night.
“We’re a confident group,” Noah said. “(Wednesday) was a big win for us. Played against a team with great offensive firepower, definitely one of the best teams in the West. To come out there and kick their (butts) like that feels great.”
The Mavs are rolling too; they have won 10 of the last 12 games, including the last four in a row. Dallas dominated the New Orleans Pelicans 108-89 with 23 points by Monta Ellis.
Mavs Dirk Nowitzki suffered a shoulder injury on Wednesday; he’ll be on the court against the Bulls despite he feels sore.
“I’ve had it ever since Karl Malone hacked me in ’99,” Nowitzki said. “The shoulder just sometimes comes in and out a little bit. It’s happened a good 20 times already over my career, and it’s going to keep happening again here and there, but I’ve just got to keep strengthening it on off days and work through it.”
The Dallas Mavericks are 4.5 point favorites over the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have covered the spread in eight of their last 10 games in the series.