Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks Pits Strong Defense vs. Stellar Offense

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The Chicago Bulls are set to play the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. EST. This will be the second and last time both teams meet up this season. This game should be one to keep your eyes on as the Bulls’ defensive superiority will be put to the test against the Mavericks’ blisteringly effective offense.

In some ways, the Bulls have a lot riding on this game. Sitting a respectable five games above .500 and only incurring one loss so far since the All-Star Break, Chicago has managed to surprise many around the league. The Bulls need to keep this up if they expect to end the season on a positive note. Attaining third-place in the Eastern Conference is not such a farfetched notion anymore.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks have been one of the sleeper-teams of the Western Conference this season. They have the 7th-best offense in the NBA, which would surely be interesting to see go up against Chicago’s second-best defense. The Mavericks currently rest at the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, which is a respectable position considering all of the great teams the West has.

The last time both teams met up, the Mavericks coasted to an easy win over the Bulls, ending the game with a decisive score of 105-83. However, people should be cautious to look at that game as a sign of what’s to come tomorrow night. The Bulls have experienced a renaissance of sorts recently, with strong numbers being put up by several players on the court coupled with center Joakim Noah‘s transformation into Chicago’s star player.

This should be an entertaining game as two of the league’s best offensive and defensive teams go head-to-head. If nothing else, the Bulls will definitely put up a better show than last time in this one, but they will also have to show up on their offensive end to really make a push for the victory.

Tracy Martin is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TracyMartin23 or add him to your network on Google.

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