This season Illinois NBA fans are in for a special treat. And it’s not just the fact that the NBA All-Star Game will take place in the United Center in Chicago.
There is also a good chance the 2019-2020 season will be better for the Bulls than the previous two.
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Chicago Bulls Upcoming Games to Bet on
The team’s home opener game will be a real challenge. Last season’s champions, Toronto Raptors, are coming to the Windy City on October 26. Here’s Bulls’ full current schedule.
Best Chicago Bulls Predictions
This short overview of Chicago Bulls betting strategy in the upcoming season should help you navigate the odds.
The Chicago team is expected to win between 27 and 33 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 22 of 82 games.
Bulls were 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games. However, they have a bit better odds, when it comes to their first game of the season.
The Chicago team was 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games with Charlotte Hornets, however, with +1 point spread, they are still the underdog.
As the season starts and the new players in the team can have their skills tested, sports commentators will adjust their betting tips and predictions. With Bulls being the underdog in most games, ATS betting makes more sense.
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.