Oddsmakers Take Notice of Bulls’ 3-0 Start

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  • Bulls getting solid value as they win first three games
  • Championship odds are still long for the Bulls
  • Bucks, Warriors could move on odds for Nets, Lakers

Oddsmakers are taking notice of the 3-0 Chicago Bulls although two of their first three wins are against the Detroit Pistons, who potentially could be the worst team in the NBA as they do not have the services of injured No.1 draft pick Cade Cunningham.

Chicago is posting the second-best odds (+700) to win the NBA’s Central Division as they are still a long second behind the World Champion Milwaukee Bucks who are sitting at (-800) as of now.

Indiana and Cleveland are both 1-2 as the Pacers (+1500) look like maybe a playoff contender while the Pistons joined the Cavs at (+20000). Much of the confidence in the Bulls has to do with a revamped roster that sees Lonzo Ball starting on the point with DeMar DeRozen at shooting guard after the team brought Nikola Vucevic over from Orlando last spring.

The Bulls kept Zach LaVine at shooting guard and Patrick Williams at power forward.

Chicago’s depth will get a boost when the Bulls get guard Coby White back from shoulder surgery sometime in November.

Chicago is joined by Charlotte at 3-0 and Washington at 2-0 in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls’ last winning season came in 2014-15 when they went 50-32 although they did go 41-41 and they made the playoffs in 2016-17. The ’14-15 squad had odds to win the Central Division at the beginning of the season in posting (+160).

Consistently Bullish

The positivity from the NBA betting sites has also been seen in Chicago posting (+2500) odds to win the NBA Eastern Conference, which is seventh in the east. In some places, those Bulls odds have even improved to (+2400).

Chicago has been solid on the defensive end in the first three games as the Bulls have allowed opponents to shoot just 42,3 percent from the floor (7th/NBA) while averaging 94 points per game (2nd/NBA).

Offensively, the Bulls have hit the three at 41.6 percent (3rd/NBA) but they have only taken 25.7 threes per game which is last in the NBA.

Going back to the 2014-15 season, Chicago was catching (+300) odds to win the Eastern Conference behind the play of Luol Deng and Derrick Rose. That number was the best in the last seven seasons as they started at (+25000) in 2017-18.

Currently, Brooklyn still is casting (+105) odds to win the Eastern Conference despite the 1-2 start to the season.

Milwaukee is getting (+360) while the Philadelphia 76ers (+800) and the Miami Heat stand at this and fourth. The Atlanta Hawks post (+1500) odds at this point.

Launching the Larry

It’s never too early to talk about the NBA Finals even if they do stand nine months away.

The Bulls have thrust themselves forward with (+6000) odds to win the NBA Championship which is up from (+6600) to start the season. It’s a fair cry from the (+25000) of last season as coach Billy Donovan and GM Marc Eversley are talented in their crafts and understand creating chemistry through diverse talents.

Chicago’s odds are the 14th best in the NBA as Brooklyn and the Lakers have started 1-2, but the oddsmakers haven’t flinched as they still are picking up (+220) and (+500) odds, respectively.

Bucking the Trends

Milwaukee has a 2-1 mark and the Bucks are posting (+800) as of now and much of the fact that those odds are not better may be because of a 137-95 loss to the Miami Heat, one night after they opened with a 127-104 romp over Brooklyn.

Please Note:
The Bucks opened with a (+650) number as the season opened to win the NBA Championship where a year ago they opened at (+550).

As of now, they are posting (+360) to win he Eastern Conference which is second to (+105). At the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Milwaukee started at (+220) as the favorite to make it to the NBA Finals.

Warrior Up

The Golden State Warriors are fourth at (+1000) after moving up from (+1200). The Warriors are at 3-0 after opening with wins over the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings as some sportsbooks had Golden State at (+900) on opening night.

Stephen Curry is averaging 31.0 points per game over his first three while accruing 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He is also shooting 38.9 percent from the floor as he and the Warriors await the return of Klay Thompson.

The Warriors have shot it well at 46.5 percent (10th/NBA) while making 39.3 percent of their threes (6th/NBA).

Injuries have totally derailed the Warriors dynasty from being more than it really is since Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were injured in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Last season the Warriors opened at (+2500) to get to the NBA Finals and as they flailed out of any competition early in the year, their odds went as high as (+15000).

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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