The Chicago Bulls are rebuilding, but fans are pleased that ownership finally decided to overhaul the front office and coaching staff this offseason.
John Paxson and Gar Forman are gone, as is former head coach Jim Boylen. Arturas Karnisovas, formerly the No. 2 man with the Denver Nuggets, is the new President of Basketball Operations. And Marc Eversley, who used to be with the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors, is the new GM.
That duo tapped Billy Donovan to be the team’s next head coach, who’s fresh off of a successful stint in Oklahoma City.
So far, the returns on Donovan are good, and the results on the floor have been relatively promising. If nothing else, the Bulls are more exciting to watch than in years past.
Zach LaVine is an All-Star, and has blossomed into an outstanding scorer.
Here’s what you need to know about betting on the NBA‘s Bulls this season.
Here are the game odds on the next Bulls game at Illinois online sportsbooks:
While it’s certainly a long shot, check out the best odds at Illinois sportsbooks for the Bulls to take home the trophy in 2021. It’s not shocking that the Bulls betting odds are as far down the odds boards as they are.
Also, using the dropdown menu, you can see Eastern Conference odds, MVP props, etc.
You can bet on Bulls games at any of the Illinois online sportsbooks or at any of IL’s eight retail sportsbooks.
People can bet on the moneyline, spread, point total and game props.
For example, let’s say the Bulls are facing the Knicks. The Bulls are 3.5-point favorites and are -165 on the moneyline. The point total over/under is 210.
If you take the Bulls at -3.5, they have to win the game by four or more points for your spread bet to cash. If you bet on the Bulls at -165 on the moneyline, that means they need to win the game in order for your bet to cash. But at -165 odds, a $16.50 wager would net you $10.
Finally, if the Bulls and Knicks combine to score over 210 points, you will win.
Sportsbooks also offer individual and game props. You can bet on anything from Zach LaVine’s point total to the first quarter spread.
The Bulls finished 22-43 in a season that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago did not qualify for the NBA Bubble in Orlando.
The Bulls entered the 2019-20 season with playoff hopes after a promising offseason, but those quickly vanished. Chicago endured a rash of injuries to key players and generally underperformed even when healthy.
Their .338 winning percentage was 11th in the Eastern Conference. After the season, the Bulls fired head coach Boylen, and removed their two most prominent basketball executives in Paxson and Forman.
Despite hosting the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, no Bull was selected to the Eastern Conference squad.
Here is Chicago’s regular-season record for every year over the last decade:
Here’s how some key Bulls have performed over the last couple of seasons:
|Zach LaVine||25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG||23.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.5 APG||16.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.0 APG|
|Lauri Markkanen||14.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.5 APG||18.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 APG||15.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.2 APG|
|Otto Porter||11.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG||13.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.1 APG||14.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG|
|Wendell Carter||11.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.2 APG||10.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.8 APG||N/A|
|Coby White||13.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.7 APG||N/A||N/A|
The Bulls had a very quiet offseason, a surprise among many. As they seemingly keep their powder dry for 2021 free agency, here’s who they added this year:
Here is the Bulls’ upcoming schedule:
You can see the full schedule here.
The United Center is located on the west side of Chicago, at the address 1901 W. Madison St. It is also home to the Chicago Blackhawks, the city’s NHL franchise. Here are a few more things to know about the arena:
Bulls games air locally on NBC Sports Chicago on TV, and on 670 The Score on the radio. You can stream games by purchasing NBA League Pass if you are out of market.
You can also stream games via NBC Sports Chicago by downloading the ‘My Teams‘ app, which requires a cable subscription.
The Bulls are one of the most well-known franchises in the world, mostly thanks to Michael Jordan.
Jerry Reinsdorf owns the Bulls, in addition to the Chicago White Sox.
Reinsdorf purchased the team in 1985, the year after the Bulls drafted Michael Jordan, for $16.2 million. He bought the team from the Wirtz Family, which was mostly indifferent to NBA basketball.
Dick Klein founded the Bulls in 1966.
The Bulls used to have some of the most expensive tickets in the league, and regularly sold out the United Center. But as the team has regressed, so have ticket prices.
According to Yahoo Finance, they had the 14th-highest ticket prices in the league in 2018-19 at $133 per ticket. They were one spot behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, and one spot ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls have won six championships, all in the 1990s.
They won in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 2020, ESPN unveiled a 10-part documentary titled “The Last Dance,” chronicling the Bulls’ dynasty.
Chicago is 6-for-6 in NBA Finals appearances. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson were around for all six of those titles, while Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, Horace Grant, Steve Kerr and several others also played key roles.
The Bulls are worth $3.2 billion, according to Forbes, which is the fourth-highest figure in the NBA.
Chicago is only behind the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. It is just ahead of the Boston Celtics.
Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf purchased a controlling stake in the Bulls for just $16.2 million in 1985. Michael Jordan is long gone, but his impact is still obvious around the globe.
The Bulls have had nine players and four coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Among the most notable names are Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson.
Jerry Sloan and Artis Gilmore are a few more prominent Bulls to enter the Hall of Fame.