The Chicago Bulls‘ 2020-21 season ended in disappointment. The team finished with a 31-41 record and missed the NBA Playoffs. The splashy acquisition of Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline didn’t move the needle.
An offseason full of big roster moves, though, has renewed hope among Chicagoans for the future. The Bulls signed restricted free agent guard Lonzo Ball away from New Orleans and added mid-range assassin DeMar DeRozan. The star power of the roster has been upgraded and the Bulls a big three scoring tandem of Zach LaVine, DeRozan, and Vucevic, plus a point guard to distribute the ball to them.
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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 put together a 31-41 record in the 2020-21 NBA regular season and missed the NBA Playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Bulls finished 11th in the Eastern Conference, just missing a spot in the NBA Playoffs Play-In Tournament. It was the first season under head coach Billy Donovan.
Just ahead of the season’s trade deadline, Chicago traded Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. to Orlando for Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu. The Bulls also acquired Troy Brown Jr. from Washington and Javonte Green and Daniel Theis from Boston in a three team deal, sending Luke Kornet to Boston and Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to Washington.
Zach LaVine led the team in scoring at 27.4 ppg and assists at 4.9 apg. Vucevic led the team in rebounding averaging 11.7 rpg. LaVine was an NBA All Star, marking his first All Star selection and the Bulls’ first All Star selection since Jimmy Butler in the 2016-17 season.
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||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|
|Patrick Williams||9.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.4 APG||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Nikola Vucevic||21.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.9 APG||19.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.6 APG||20.8 PPG,12.0 RPG, 3.8 APG||16.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.4 APG|
|Coby White||13.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.7 APG||13.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.7 APG||N/A||N/A|
The Bulls made a few big acquisitions at the trade deadline this past season, then the team went all in on some big names in the offseason, adding:
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. The former IRS Tax Attorney has owned both teams for over 35 years.
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 $3.3 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.