That’s right, Chicago is favored to be a playoff team next season with -150 odds to make the postseason and +125 odds to miss. Chicago hasn’t made the postseason since the 2016-17 season, and it certainly would like to this season considering star Zach LaVine is entering the final year of his contract.
Artūras Karnišovas, Marc Eversley, and company have put all of their chips in to contend this season and entice LaVine to stay, and it started when they acquired Nikola Vucevic at last season’s trade deadline.
This offseason, Chicago brought in Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan to bolster its frontcourt and wing play. Those moves pushed Chicago’s title odds all the way up to +4000 for the 2021-22 season.
Chicago faded fast last season after the Vucevic trade, partly because LaVine missed time due to COVID-19 protocols, but it seems equipped to weather the storm this season.
DeRozan adds another 20 points per game scorer to the mix, and Ball and Caruso should help fix the Bulls’ defensive problems in the backcourt. Ball also allows youngster Coby White to stay in more of a scoring role, where he thrived last season. Ball is a true point guard that can set the table for LaVine, Vucevic and DeRozan.
How Billy Donovan manages his rotations will be key, but this may be the best team the Bulls have had since that 2016-17 season.
The Bulls have better odds to make the playoffs on WynnBET than some teams that made the postseason in the East last year, including the New York Knicks (-140) and Washington Wizards (+375).
It’s early, but Bulls fans have a lot to look forward to in the 2021-22 season.
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