Win Finals – +22000
Win East – +8000
Win Division – +13000
Playoffs – +340
The Chicago Bulls are looking to put themselves back on the NBA map in the 2019-20 season, and they have the pieces to do that after a few down years. The Chicago Bulls’ odds of improving this are very good, and while the Bulls’ odds of making the playoffs may not look too favorable, they should not be overlooked in a wide-open Eastern Conference.
The Bulls have been down on their luck since sneaking into the playoffs with the No. 8 seed in the 2016-17 season. In fact, they’ve been down on their luck since 2015 when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals after beating the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. They were ousted by the Cavaliers then, and won just two games against the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Now, after two seasons with less than 30 wins, they have built their team back up into a respectable group.
Betting on the Bulls — and not against them — may take some convincing in the 2019-20 NBA Season. However, they are ready to take the next step in their rebuild. After going 27-55 two years ago and 22-60 last season, the Bulls should start trending back upwards in the 2019-20 season.
Two down years have allowed the Bulls to draft in the lottery in back-to-back drafts. They had the seventh pick in both 2018 and 2019, grabbing Wendell Carter Jr. out of Duke in 2018 and Coby White out of UNC in this year’s draft.
They also traded away Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, netting the Bulls a few young assets in Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, who was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. That’s three straight No. 7 overall picks to the Bulls — could they hit the jackpot in 2019-20?
Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine are the two main names to look out for in this upcoming season. Markanen averaged nearly 19 points and 9 rebounds last season in 52 games (51 starts) while dealing with injuries, while LaVine added a career-high of nearly 24 points per game in 63 games (62 starts).
Around the two young guns, the Bulls also have the aforementioned Carter Jr, and Dunn, as well as Otto Porter Jr. in their projected starting five. Those five aren’t going to light the world on fire against the top teams in the NBA, but they can hold their own and pull out a surprising win every now and again.
So, can the Bulls make the playoffs? Well, their over/under of 32.5 wins is an interesting mark for Chicago. They have combined for just 49 wins in the past two seasons, but a healthy starting five with bench options behind them under a new head coach in Jim Boylen increases their chances.The Bulls would need to improve by 11 wins from their 22 last season to reach the over mark, and they look ready to do so.
However, it may not be the best bet for the Bulls to win the NBA Championship (200/1) Eastern Conference (80/1) or Central Division (60/1). But the Bulls’ best bet for the 2019-20 season just may be on the over 32.5 wins.