Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Chicago at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, October 22, 2018
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Mavericks' rebuild received an encouraging sign in the team's home opener and it will try to make it two straight when the Chicago Bulls pay a visit Monday night. Behind 19-year-old Luke Doncic's 26 points and a strong stretch run for 20-year-old Dennis Smith Jr. -- who scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter -- the Mavericks rallied past Minnesota 140-136 on Saturday.

Center DeAndre Jordan added 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in his home debut for Dallas. "We're going to have ups and downs," Jordan told reporters. "We've got young guys with high character and poise with good basketball IQs." The Bulls have loads of young talent of their own but it has yet to translate into the win column, with Saturday's 118-116 defeat against Detroit in their home opener a particularly frustrating one. "It can't happen," guard Zach LaVine told reporters of the closing seconds in which he turned the ball over moments after the Pistons scored the go-ahead basket. "It has to be either a miss or a make, so that's really upsetting to lose that way. We played so good and to have it end like that, it's an emotional roller-coaster."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE BULLS (0-2): LaVine's inability to get off a potential game-winning 3-pointer soured an otherwise solid effort for one of the team's few healthy starters. "I loved his aggressiveness," coach Fred Hoiberg said of LaVine, who had 33 points. "I thought he started the game attacking and that's when he's at his best." Kris Dunn is expected to make his season debut Monday while fellow starters Lauri Markkanen (elbow) and Denzel Valentine (ankle) remain sidelined.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (1-1): While Smith, Doncic and Jordan are leading a productive starting unit, Dallas has been given a big boost early on from a pair of veteran reserves. Forward Dwight Powell produced 35 points in just 34 minutes through the first two games and JJ Barea has a team-high 21 assists in 43 minutes. Harrison Barnes, the team's leading scorer a season ago at 19.2 points per game, has yet to play due to a hamstring injury.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dunn averaged 25 points on 62.1 percent shooting and eight assists in two meetings -- both wins -- against Dallas last season.

2. Bulls SF Bobby Portis is averaging 12.5 rebounds through the first two games but was 2-for-12 from the floor against the Pistons.

3. Smith has two turnovers in 54 minutes through the first two games.

PREDICTION: Mavericks 119, Bulls 113
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Chicago 0-2 L3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-2
Dallas 1-1 W1 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1
Last Meeting
Chicago Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/2/18 DAL 100 CHI 108 108 45 47.2 100 46 41.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago B. Portis 22 56.2 2
Dallas H. Barnes 26 47.4 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago L. Markkanen 12 4 8
Dallas D. Powell 11 1 10
Assists Player  
Chicago K. Dunn 7
Dallas W. Matthews 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago Z. LaVine 152 54.0 33
Dallas L. Doncic 80 41.5 15
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago B. Portis 54 9 45
Dallas D. Jordan 34 11 23
Assists Player  
Chicago C. Payne 25
Dallas J. Barea 36
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Chicago Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Chicago Off vs Dallas - Points For 112.0 Points For
Chicago Off vs Dallas - Points Against 128.5 Points Against
Chicago - FG% 46.8 FG%
Dallas - FG% 53.3 FG%
Chicago - Reb 40.0 Reb
Dallas - Reb 38.5 Reb
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Chicago Chicago Defense
Dallas Off vs Chicago - Points For 120.0 Points For
Dallas Off vs Chicago - Points Against 122.5 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 46.8 FG%
Chicago - FG% 43.8 FG%
Dallas - Reb 40.0 Reb
Chicago - Reb 52.0 Reb