If you enjoy betting on Chicago Bulls games, then clear your calendar on April 6 and April 8 for a broadcast tailored to you.
When the Bulls meet the Boston Celtics on the sixth and the Charlotte Hornets on the eighth, NBC Sports Chicago and PointsBet Sportsbook will collaborate to present the BetCast.
These will be the third and fourth times the Bulls are featured on BetCast, with the first time coming in the March 7 game against the Philadelphia 76ers and the second on March 29 against the Washington Wizards.
For Illinois sports bettors looking for trends, Chicago holds a 1-1 record in BetCast games.
These will also be joint broadcasts as far as commentary is concerned, with NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan and Kendall Gill teaming up with PointsBet’s head oddsmaker Jay Croucher to call the action.
Each Betcast can be found on NBC Sports Chicago Plus.
What to expect from BetCast
For Bulls backers, hopefully quality basketball from the team in red as Chicago is fighting for playoff positioning with only a few games remaining in the season.
As far as BetCast is concerned, the normal score ticker viewers are used to prominently feature information regarding game-related wagers. This includes information on live betting odds, point spread, over/under, moneyline, player prop wagers, and future odds.
Bulls playoff seeding
The Bulls currently fill the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, narrowly avoiding the NBA’s new play-in tournament.
This tournament allows the first through sixth seed in each conference to clinch a spot in postseason play, leaving seeds seven through ten to battle it out for the final two playoff spots.
The Bulls are two games ahead of the seven-seed Cleveland Cavaliers with four games remaining, meaning if Chicago can win two more games they will avoid the play-in tournament and clinch a playoff berth. The Bulls hold the tiebreaker over the Cavaliers should each team have identical records at the end of the regular season.
Windy City woes
The Bulls were in a much better position for a playoff run earlier this season, even occupying the first seed for stints.
However, the team’s defense has waned recently and it has put the Bulls in their current predicament of fighting just to avoid the play-in tournament.
Chicago holds a record of 45-33 overall but an 8-12 record in its last 20 games. During this 20 game stretch, Bulls opponents have averaged 114 points.
For those with a glass-half-full mentality, the Bulls did face the second-toughest schedule following the all-star break as they faced teams with an average winning percentage of .543.
The Bulls’ biggest problem may be their inability to beat quality teams as they have only a 22-23 record against teams with winning records.
But any team with a ticket to the postseason dance can hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and Bulls bettors can profit at +660 odds at PointsBet for Chicago to return to glory and win the championship.