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This short overview of Chicago Bulls betting strategy in this season should help you navigate the odds.
The Chicago team is expected to win between 37 and 40 games, according to the most lines on basketball betting apps.
It’s not far off from last year’s predictions, when the team disappointed largely their fans and bettors, winning only 31 of 82 games.
The Bulls are destined to make the playoffs this season, the question is what seed they will lock in. Right now, DraftKings has the Chicago Bulls odds at +360 to win the NBA Central Division, +1200 to win the Eastern Conference and +3000 to win the NBA Finals.
Die-hard-Bulls fans might be tempted to go with money line betting. According to statistics, 30% of NBA games are won by the team pegged as an underdog.
So, moneyline betting is not always a lost cause.
History Of Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls betting tips are to some degree based on the history of the team. Although the recent chapters are less inspiring, the 90s multiple success needs to be noted.
1996 Bulls are considered by many to be one of the best teams ever in the history of the NBA. It wasn’t only Michael Jordan, but also Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, who made the team great in the 90s.
However, those times are long gone. The streak of bad luck started in 2015-2016 season, when the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
The next season wasn’t much better. The 2017-2018 was supposedly rebuilding time for the team, but with only 22 games won, their strategy didn’t seem to work.
Chicago Bulls Creation
The team was founded in 1966 by Dick Klein. The founder wanted to connect the team’s name with what Chicago was famous for at the time – the meatpacking industry.
So he considered naming the new team Matadors or Toreadors. However, according to Klein’s own recollection, it was a snarky comment made by his son that gave the origin of the final name.
Mark, the youngest of his three boys, hearing his father’s ideas, exclaimed: “Dad, that’s a bunch of bull!”. And that’s how the name came to be.
There is no controversy here – Bulls best season was the 1995-1996 one when the team won 72 games. They were the first NBA team to win more than 70 games, and their success hadn’t been repeated until 2016-2017 season.
However, the whole period between 1991 and 1998 deserves special notice. During those years, the basketball team from Chicago won six NBA championships.
Most Famous Players
Bulls have had many high profile players, with Michael Jordan being on the top of that list.
Scottie Pippen won the MVP title in 1994 All-Star Game. Dennis Rodeman was among the best defensive players and rebounders in the history of the NBA.
In the 2000s the most important player was Derrick Rose. In 2011 he was awarded the title of the most valuable NBA player. At 22, he was the youngest person to win in that category.