Those of you who were high on the Bulls, you may want to take advantage of the current betting odds.
The over/under win total on the Bulls 2019-20 campaign have steadily increased since the beginning of the season. Most recently, Sportsbook USA put Chicago at the highest win total we’ve seen thus far at 33.5.
Check it out:
NBA Wins updated
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Yeah, that number still doesn’t mean the team is expected to make the playoffs, but it does point them closer to competing for the No. 8 seed.
Comparatively, not many other teams in the NBA has such a wide range in between the win total projections. Depending on how you look at things, that could be a good or bad thing for the Bulls. On one end of the spectrum, the solid offseason moves and draft night has appeared to help out the team pretty drastically in the win column for not adding any impact-talent.
For example, some teams who saw a significant jump in their win total’s include:
- Orlando Magic – opened at 35.5 and jumped as high as 41.5 (resigned Terrance Ross and Nikola Vucevic).
- Miami Heat – opened at 34.5 and jumped as high as 43.5 (signed Jimmy Butler).
- New Orleans Pelicans – opened at 31.5 and jumped as high as 39.5 (brought in basically the entire Lakers and Zion)
Arguably, the Bulls jump is the most impressive when considering the lighter-load the team added. The offseason roster additions of Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky, Luke Kornet, Coby White and Daniel Gafford definitely make the team better, but even the sum of these players probably will not produce the same level of production as, say, a Jimmy Butler type.
The fluctuation here in the numbers though does also reiterate how confusing this current Bulls team is. The versatility has certainly improved, but how much faith you can really put into the outcome on the court feels iffier than most other teams around the league. The coaching staff still has many question marks surrounding them, so I’m sure that plays a role in where these odds are landing.
Earlier this offseason, I broke apart the general projection of the Bulls winning around 30 games, and I mentioned that the odds should certainly be over this mark. As we’ve already seen, these odds can go up depending on the sportsbook, but I do feel like this 33.5 may be the cap. With such a young core and a product still waiting to be seen, this feels like the most comfortable, yet hopeful, projection.
For those of you out there who are looking for the team to make the ever-so desired playoff push, this is a good sign. But remember that to really find their place among the top-8 in the Eastern Conference, the team will most likely need to win 19 more games than last season’s 22, which certainly feels like a lot.
If you’re interested in a greater discussion on the Bulls chances of significant improvement this season, make sure to go check out this previous post. So, are you putting down any money?