Mavericks at Bulls
7 p.m. Friday,
United Center, Chicago
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM and 1540 AM (Spanish)
Records: Mavs 22-18; Bulls 23-15
About the Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and Zaza Pachulia will all return to the starting lineup Friday night. Pachulia missed Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City with a sore right Achilles. The other four rested after playing at least 38 minutes in Tuesday’s overtime loss to Cleveland. … This is the second of a three-game road trip. The Mavericks lost the opener to the Thunder 108-89 in a game that featured six technical fouls and two ejections. … The trip ends Sunday in San Antonio. … The Mavericks beat the Bulls in Dallas 118-111 on Dec. 26, behind J.J. Barea’s 26 points. Barea hit a career-high seven 3-pointers — in eight attempts. … This is the midpoint of the season for the Mavericks, who were 28-13 after 41 games last season.
About the Bulls: This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Bulls, who beat Philadelphia 115-111 in overtime on Thursday behind a career-high 53 points from Jimmy Butler. ... The win snapped a three-game losing streak. ... The Bulls are 2-3 on the second game of a back-to-back. … This will be Chicago’s fourth game in five nights. … Pau Gasol didn’t travel to Philadelphia because of a strained right shoulder and sore Achilles. … Jimmy Butler (sprained right ankle) and Derrick Rose (left knee patellar tendinitis) will be game-time decisions. … The Bulls are third in the East. … Butler leads Chicago with 23.1 points while Gasol averages 16.3 points and 10.9 rebounds.