* The Bulls have beaten the Mavs twice in a row, but Dallas has owned this series, winning 20 of the 25 meetings dating back to the 1998-99 season.
* Chicago lost to Miami on Thursday, 83-72, and is now just 5-5 in the month of April. That was the Bulls' lowest point total since they lost, 83-67, at Minnesota on January 30, 2008.
* The Bulls are still a solid 17-9 without Derrick Rose on the court this season (30-7 when he does play); that .654 win percentage is better than all but three teams, not including themselves (Spurs, Thunder, Heat).
* In his last four games versus the Mavericks, Rose has averaged 26.0 points and 8.0 assists, despite making only 3 of 11 three-pointers (.273).