- The Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 94-88 in the season opener for both teams.
- Chicago entered the game as 5.5 point betting favorites but the Pistons appeared to have the backdoor cover after Cory Joseph scored a basket at the buzzer.
- However, game officials waved off Joseph’s basket after a review, allowing Chicago bettors to avoid what would’ve been a bad beat.
The Detroit Pistons weren’t supposed to give the Chicago Bulls a tough time on Wednesday night. After all, they were playing without 2021 top pick Cade Cunningham who was held out of the team’s season opener with an injury.
Without their future star, the Pistons entered the game as +5.5 point betting underdogs against a Chicago Bulls team that acquired the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso during the offseason. However, the Pistons proved that they are no pushovers anymore this season, with or without Cunningham.
The Basket Doesn’t Count
THE BASKET DOESN’T COUNT!
Bulls (-5.5) bettors thought they were going home losers on this Cory Joseph putback but the basket was later waved off. pic.twitter.com/3PJYMdZmuQ
— NBABet (@nbabet) October 21, 2021
According to one of the best NBA sportsbooks, the public bet heavily on the new-look Bulls team on Wednesday night. Chicago had 88% of the total betting tickets and 93% of the total betting handle at -5.5 points at the said sportsbook. That wasn’t a surprise as the Bulls went unbeaten during the preseason and won three of their four games by at least 13 points.
But the Pistons refused to just lay down and die. They led by as much as nine points early on and even when the Bulls came on strong in the second half, the Pistons had a chance to tie the game with 50 seconds left. Unfortunately, Jerami Grant missed a baseline jumper and the Bulls secured the win with free throws. With 11 seconds left, it looked as if they would cover the 5.5 spread too as they were up 94-88.
But Cory Joseph hit a putback as time expired to make the final score 94-90 and give the Bulls’ bettors a bad beat. Or so they thought. After a review, the officials waved off Joseph’s basket and declared a final score of 94-88 or a six-point win for the Bulls. As a result, it was an ATS win for the Bulls and their bettors. It was also a foiled backdoor cover for the Pistons’ backers.
Pistons Try Again on Saturday
We’re back in the ring with Chicago for a rematch Saturday. ?
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) October 21, 2021
The Pistons don’t play against until Saturday when they get their chance to get back at the Bulls in a rematch that will be played in Chicago. The Bulls meanwhile, will host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, before playing the Pistons at home in the second of a back-to-back schedule.
Not much is expected from the Pistons this season as BetOnline has set their winning total at 25.5 wins. The Bulls meanwhile are expected to compete for a playoff spot and are -130 favorites to win over 43.5 games this season. The Bulls are also a -115 betting favorite to make the playoffs and are a +130 to miss it. Meanwhile, the Pistons are a longshot +2000 to make the postseason and a heavy -8000 favorite to miss it.
Detroit and Chicago both belong to the Central Division where the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks reside. The Bucks are the heavy -1000 betting favorites to top the division while the Bulls are second at +750. The Pistons are 4th and are longshots to win the division at +17500. Chicago also has the 6th best odds to win the East at +2200 while Detroit has the second-longest odds to win the Conference at +15000.