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Chicago Bulls Betting and Team Guide

There are plenty of Chicago Bulls betting opportunities every year. This is why we decided to create this team guide and help people take full advantage of them. The page features relevant information about the latest developments around the Bulls and predictions based on them. We also made sure to include general information about the history and the key facts about the organization.

Chicago Bulls Betting in 2019-20

The natural start would be to explore the Chicago Bulls betting options for the upcoming NBA season.

Latest Chicago Bulls Odds for 2019-20

Chicago Bulls to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+100000
Chicago Bulls to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference +25000
Chicago Bulls to Win the 2020 NBA Central Division N/A

Chicago Bulls Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 27-30 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Current Pick: No recommended bet
  • Last Updated: February 28th

Chicago’s messy season can’t end soon enough. Jim Boylen is almost sure to be let go, and the team perhaps need to look at revamping their entire roster. The Bulls have some really nice pieces in Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen, and Coby White looks like the real deal.

Unfortunately, Chi-Town just can’t put it all together. Look for a lot of the young guys to see increased minutes as the regular season winds down, that way GM Gar Forman can really figure out what direction to take this roster in over the summer.  

Previous Chicago Bulls Predictions

January 16th

  • Prediction: 29-33 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Pick: No recommended bet

Already trailing the Bucks by more than 20 games in the Central Division, the writing seems to be on the wall that Jim Boylen won’t be returning as the Bulls head coach for the 2020/2021 season. Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen represent a talented duo, and guys like Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White have serious potential. It’s a shame this team can’t find their bearings because 35 wins could end up being enough to qualify for the playoffs.

December 4th

  • Prediction: 28-32 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Pick: No recommended bet

As long as Jim Boylen is running the show in Chicago, it’s unlikely we see the Bulls rise to relevancy in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is yet to win consecutive games and unfortunately hasn’t shown any signs of progress.

Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen are both underperforming, and there is no veteran leadership to speak of.

October 8th

  • Prediction: Around 35 wins the regular season
  • Pick: No recommended bet

The atmosphere surrounding the Bulls is nice and it seems like there is a lot of optimism. The fans know that it will be a hard year in terms of success, but the young core that could lead the team to glory in the future is there.

If Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine improve further, we could see a surprise here. And yet, there are too many question marks over the consistency and the defense of the Bulls. Something like 35 wins in the regular season is the realistic target and that’s where the betting sites stand too.

Season Preview

No one expects wonders from the Chicago Bulls, and the current betting odds reflect that. The team was one of the worst in the NBA last season, and there is little to suggest that will change. The issue is not related to the lack of talent, but the age of the Bulls.

The franchise is in the middle of a rebuild, so most of the main players are still raw. They are developing well, though, especially Zach LaVine. This year should see him and some of the other guys improve further.

We don’t think the Bulls will be ready to fight for the playoffs just yet, but the franchise might be a force to be reckoned with in 2020-21.

Chicago Bulls News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

Coby White tweaked his back during a February 27th practice, but the early word is it’s nothing too serious. The 7th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has exploded as of late – becoming the first rookie in NBA history to pour in 30+ points off the bench in three consecutive games.

Zach LaVine is coming off scoring 32 and 41, respectively, and here’s why that’s worth noting.

White and LaVine are just the second pair of Bulls teammates to each score 30 in back-to-back games. Surprisingly, they join not Michael and Scottie, but Chet Walker and Bob Love, who accomplished the feat during the 1969 campaign.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

Out since November 6th with a left foot injury, Otto Porter is planning on returning to Chicago’s lineup sometime around the All-Star break. Plugging him in at the wing opposite side of Zach LaVine should really help this unit progress. LaVine has turned his play up a notch in 2020 – averaging 30.1 points per game while shooting over 40% from beyond the arc.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

Otto Porter’s bone bruise in his left foot doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Still with no timetable to return to action, Chicago needs others to step up.

Kris Dunn has evolved into an “afterthought,” and Lauri Markkanen is shooting under 36% from the floor. While rookie Coby White has popped with a few big games, his all-around inconsistency has hindered Chicago in tons of spots.

October 8th, by Jerry Summer

The Chicago Bulls had a decent preseason opener against the Bucks, with Markkanen and LaVine scoring the most points. The rookie Coby White was decent too and I think we will see more of the same in the upcoming season.

The head coach Jim Boylen will prioritize development over results, as he should, be I think that Markkanen and LaVine might be hungry for more.

July 10th, by Jerry Summer 

The Chicago Bulls offseason has been quiet, as the team wasn’t involved in the big moves that happened all around the NBA. The most important trade was the acquisition of Thaddeus Young. The forward will provide some experience and a decent all-around display that will help the Bulls improve instantly.

July 1st, by Jerry Summer 

The Chicago Bulls selected Coby White during draft night, and many believe this was a smart choice. The young point guard has excellent shooting and playmaking abilities. His ceiling is rather high, and he will receive enough minutes in the upcoming season.

More Chicago Bulls and NBA Betting for 2019-20

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The Chicago Bulls in 2019-20

Chicago Bulls Roster in 2019-20

One of the keys to betting on the Chicago Bulls — or any NBA team, for that matter — is to know the roster well. Explore the strong and weak sides and look for players that could potentially explode and guys that might be on a decline.

We will help you with this task, but let’s first simply list all the athletes that will be playing for the Bulls in the 2019-20 season.

  • Zach LaVine – Guard
  • Kris Dunn – Guard
  • Tomas Satoransky – Guard
  • Coby White – Guard
  • Ryan Arcidiacono – Guard
  • Shaquille Harrison – Guard
  • Walter Lemon Jr. – Guard
  • Wayne Selden – Guard
  • Antonio Blakeney – Guard
  • Timothe Luwawu – Guard
  • Adam Mokoka – Guard
  • Otto Porter – Forward
  • Denzel Valentine – Forward
  • Chandler Hutchison – Forward
  • Lauri Markkanen – Forward
  • Thaddeus Young – Forward
  • Wendell Carter Jr. – Forward
  • Luke Kornet – Forward
  • Daniel Gafford – Forward
  • Sasha Kobets – Forward
  • C. D. S. Felicio – Center
  • Matt Willms – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

The main load will be carried by the starting lineup of the Chicago Bulls. We don’t know it yet for sure, but here’s the logical lineup choice.

  • Tomas Satoransky – Point Guard
  • Zach LaVine – Shooting Guard
  • Otto Porter Jr. – Small Forward
  • Lauri Markkanen – Power Forward
  • Wendell Carter Jr. – Center

The backcourt duo of Tomas Satoransky and Zach LaVine is pretty strong. The Czech point guard is a solid playmaker and provides shooting from the three, while the young star of the team is a true force offensively. He can create his own shot and score from all over the place.

Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen are also legit shooters and solid offensive players, so this team won’t lack spacing, that’s for sure. The veteran center Wendell Carter won’t need to contribute much to the offense in such a company, so boxing out and rebounding are his main goals.

The problem with this projected starting lineup lies in the defense. None of the players is especially good in that aspect of the game. Carter is a decent rim protector, and Satoransky is probably above average when it comes to guarding the perimeter, but that’s it.

LaVine, Porter, and Markkanen can be a liability at times, so they will have to show more effort this season or the Bulls will concede a lot of points against teams with a solid offense.

Depth and Bench

One of the main guys that will be expected to contribute from the bench is Thaddeus Young. The versatile forward can do pretty much everything, so he should be a useful addition to the Bulls. I expect to see rookie Coby White on the court every now and then.

It’ll be interesting to see if his shooting and playmaking abilities will transfer well to the NBA. Another point guard that will certainly play a lot for the second unit is Kris Dunn. He can run the offense and is a solid defender too.

The likes of Chandler Hutchison and Cristiano Felicio will most likely be the other guys who will receive minutes. The overall feeling is that the bench of the Bulls does lack talent, but it really depends on how the young guys develop this year.

Chicago Bulls Staff in 2019-20

The coaching staff is always crucial, and you should never neglect it when betting, especially for a young team like the Bulls. So let’s take a look at the coaches for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

  • Head Coach: Jim Boylen
  • Coaching Staff: Dean Cooper (Asst. Coach), Chris Fleming (Asst. Coach), Shawn Respert (Asst. Coach), Nate Loenser (Asst. Coach), Roy Rogers Jr. (Asst. Coach), Karen Stack (Asst. Coach), Paul Miller (Asst. to Head Coach)
  • Ownership: Jerry Reinsdorf
  • General Manager: Gar Forman

 Current head coach Jim Boylen was Fred Hoiberg’s assistant but took over once the latter was fired in the 2018-19 NBA season. Boylen has plenty of experience as an assistant of some of the best names in the NBA and three championships to his name, the last one working alongside Gregg Popovich for the Spurs in 2014.

And yet, his experience as a head coach is limited, to say the least. This is the first time Boylen will be in such a position in the NBA. The Bulls can afford such an experiment, though, as their main goal right now is not related to results but to rebuilding the team.

The young Bulls will need someone to develop them, and we feel that Boylen might be the man for the job.

Chicago Bulls Schedule in 2019-20

The NBA season schedule is always important for betting, as the previous and the upcoming games always impact the current one. Once we have the times and the dates for all the Chicago Bulls encounters for 2019-20, we will post them here and share our thoughts on the potential key points of the campaign.

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Chicago Bulls Overview and Key Info

The Chicago Bulls played their first game in 1966 but dominated the NBA in the 1990s.

With head coach Phil Jackson and some of the NBA’s all-time best players like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls were number one for six years with championship three-peats from 1991 to 1993 and again from 1996 to 1998.

While the Celtics and Lakers take the top two spots for championship wins, the Bulls are tied with the Golden State Warriors for third place in the NBA with six titles.

In the life of the franchise, the Bulls have won nine division and six conference titles. Their record in the NBA finals is 6-0 as those six memorable championship victories were the only appearances that the Bulls have made in the finals to date.

The Chicago Bulls have played their home games at the United Center since 1994 and have had 23 head coaches over the years. Currently, the position is filled by Jim Boylen, who replaced Fred Hoiberg in December of 2018.

Chicago Bulls – Key Info
Established
1966
Current Team Location
In Chicago, IL, since 1966
Division
Eastern Conference – Central
Arena
United Center
G League Team
Windy City Bulls
Website
www.nba.com/bulls
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$2.6 billion

Chicago Bulls History

In 1966, the Bulls were founded as an NBA expansion team by Dick Klein, who was a former professional basketball player with the Chicago American Gears.

Impressive Beginning

In the team’s first season, under head coach Johnny Kerr, the Bulls posted a 33-48 regular-season finish and a loss in the division semifinals to the Hawks. It was the best record of any first-year expansion franchise.

Chicago had nine playoff seasons in their first 11 years, followed by a dry spell of just one postseason from 1977 to 1984.

Michael Jordan

Things were about to change in 1984, though, when Michael Jordan was the Bulls’ first-round pick in the NBA draft. The team went from their late-‘70s/early-‘80s drought to 14 seasons of playoff action, including six NBA championships.

Michael Jordan may have set records, but it was a team effort. Head coach Phil Jackson started in 1989, and Scottie Pippen was initially Seattle’s pick in 1987 but was immediately traded to the Bulls. In the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, the Bulls’ starting lineup included Jordan and Pippen as well as Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, John Paxson, Stacey King, and B.J. Armstrong.

The ‘90s

The Bulls’ NBA domination started in 1991 with the first NBA championship, a 4-1 series win against the Lakers. The next year was a 4-2 defeat of the Trail Blazers. Michael Jordan was named MVP and Finals MVP both seasons. The 1993 NBA finals was another Bulls victory, this time against the Phoenix Suns (4-2).

Michael Jordan took a temporary retirement in ’93, coping with the loss of his father, who was murdered in a carjacking incident. In both 1993-94 and 1994-95, the team won the first round of the playoffs but was defeated both times in the conference semifinals.

A 6-0 Finals Record

Jordan returned to the Bulls in 1995, and magic struck twice. The Bulls have another three-peat with NBA championship titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998. The ’96 finals were against the SuperSonics, and then Chicago faced the Utah Jazz in both ’97 and ’98.

Six championship wins in eight seasons, but the Bulls not only have not won a seventh but haven’t even made it to the NBA finals, giving them a 6-0 record that hasn’t changed since 1998.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 6 NBA Championships: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991
  • 6 Conference Titles: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991
  • 9 Division Titles: 2012, 2011, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1975

Home Court – United Center

  • Inaugurated: 1994
  • Renovated: 2009-10, 2014, 2016-17
  • Capacity: 20,917
  • Former Names: n/a

While the United Center has been the Bulls’ venue since 1994, the team first played at the International Amphitheatre and then moved to Chicago Stadium. Chicago Stadium is no longer standing as it was demolished after the United Center had completed construction.

United Center is located in the Near West Side of Chicago and is the largest arena in the US, based on size and not seats. The center’s event calendar is active about 200 days each year. It can hold over 23,000 for concerts and nearly 21,000 for the Bulls games. Seating options also include 169 executive suites spread out over three levels.

The Bulls and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks are co-owners of the venue. As the games are sometimes consecutive, the basketball court is put together like a puzzle on top of the ice for expediency.

  • Venue Address: United Center, 1901 W Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
  • Mailing Address: Chicago Bulls, c/o United Center, 1901 W Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
  • Phone: 312-455-4000

Chicago Bulls Head Coaches

Johnny Kerr was the first of 23 head coaches for the Bulls organization. Kerr compiled a 62-101 record and 1-7 in the playoffs but led Chicago to two division semifinals and was named Coach of the Year for 1966-67.

Another Coach of the Year (1970-71) followed when Dick Motta took over for Kerr from 1968-76. He left the Bulls with a winning record of 356-300 (.543) and 47 playoff games (.383). Ed Badger (1976-78), Doug Collins (1986-89), and Tom Thibodeau (2010-15) also left behind better than .500 records.

Phil Jackson

But the top coach in the history of the Chicago Bulls is probably no surprise. Phil Jackson was behind all six of the team’s NBA championships in the ‘90s.

Jackson was named the 1995-96 NBA Coach of the Year, is a Hall of Famer, and is on the list of the top ten coaches in NBA history.

Phil was a power forward when he played with the Knicks and the New Jersey Nets (1967-80) and was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1968. His last three seasons with the Nets, he was a player-assistant coach and started with the Bulls in 1987 as an assistant before his promotion in ’89.

The six NBA championships are not the only ones on his resume. After Chicago, Jackson headed to Los Angeles to coach the Lakers to five NBA championships.

Last 10 Chicago Bulls Head Coaches
#YearsNameW-L%Playoffs%Championships
23 2018-Jim Boylen17-41.293X-XX
22 2015-18Fred Hoiberg115-155.4262-4.333
21 2010-15Tom Thibodeau255-139.64723-28.451
202008-10Vinny Del Negro82-82.5004-8.333
19 2007-08Jim Boylan24-32.429X-X
17b2007Pete Myers0-1.000X-X
182003-07Scott Skiles165-172.490 10-12.455
17a 2003Pete Myers0-2.000X-X
16 2001-03Bill Cartwright51-100.336X-X
152001Bill Berry 0-2.000X-X
141998-01Tim Floyd49-190.205X-X

Jim Boylen

After spending a couple of years as an assistant to Fred Hoiberg, Jim Boylen replaced him as a head coach in 2018. This is the first time he is leading an NBA franchise, after spending the majority of his career as an assistant in various organizations, including the Spurs, the Heat, the Rockets, the Bucks, the Pacers, and a couple of colleges.

Chicago Bulls Last Five Seasons

Season CoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2018-19 Fred Hoiberg/Jim Boylen5th 22-60 .268Zach LaVine (23.7)
2017-18Fred Hoiberg5th27-55.329Zach LaVine (16.7)
2016-17Fred Hoiberg4th 41-41.500 Lost First RoundJimmy Butler (23.9)
2015-16Fred Hoiberg4th42-40.512Jimmy Butler (20.9)
2014-15Tom Thibodeau2nd50-32.610Lost Conf. SemifinalsJimmy Butler (20.0)

Chicago Bulls All-Time Career Leaders

CategoryNameStatsYears
PointsMichael Jordan29,2771984-1993,1994-1998
Average Pts/GameMichael Jordan31.481984-1993,1994-1998
AssistsMichael Jordan5,0121984-1993,1994-1998
ReboundsMichael Jordan5,8361984-1993,1994-1998

Michael Jordan

Without even going into the details of his stats, awards, and achievements, Michael Jordan (MJ) is best described on nba.com with “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”

Jordan played for the Bulls from 1984 through 1993 and then 1995 through 1998. He was the Bulls’ first-round pick in the 1984 NBA draft out of the University of North Carolina. He had already compiled a long list of collegiate awards including 1982’s ACC Rookie of the Year, the 1984 ACC Player of the Year, and Consensus National College Player of the Year.

In his first season with the NBA, MJ was named the Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First Team. He’s a 14-time NBA All-Star and named All-Star MVP for three years. Jordan was also the NBA’s scoring champion for ten years, a three-time steals leader, and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Jordan and the Bulls dominated the NBA in the ‘90s with six NBA championships. He’s Chicago’s all-time career leader in points, average points per game, assists, and rebounds. Jordan set the NBA record for 30.1 average career points per game and 33.4 in playoffs.

The famous shooting guard retired after two seasons with the Wizards in 2003 with 32,292 career points, 6,672 records, and 5,633 assists. He’s a Hall of Famer, and not only was his number 23 retired by the Chicago Bulls, but the franchise has a statue in his honor on the east side of the United Center arena.

Scottie Pippen

While Michael Jordan dominates the number-one spot in Chicago Bulls franchise records, Scottie Pippen is in the number-two position for both assists (4,494) and points (15,123). Pippen was also an integral part of the Bulls’ success in the 1990s, and he also claims six NBA championships. Pippen was the Seattle SuperSonics’ first-round pick in 1987 (fifth overall) out of Central Arkansas but was traded to the Bulls before he ever put on a Seattle uniform.

The small forward was on the Bulls roster from 1987 through 1998 and back again for the 2003-04 season after one year with the Houston Rockets and four with the Trail Blazers. Scottie is a seven-time NBA All-Star and the game’s MVP in ’94. He was NBA All-Defensive First Team for eight consecutive seasons (1992-1999). Along with Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon, Pippen is one of three players in the history of the NBA to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season.

He was selected as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History” in 1996. Scottie Pippen was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010, and his number 33 was retired by the Bulls organization.

Bob Love

Taking third to Jordan and Pippen for all-time career points for the Bulls is Bob Love with 12,623. Love is a small forward who played for Southern University, earning All-American honors. In 1965, he was selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1965 NBA draft, but he started his professional career in the Eastern Basketball League playing for the Trenton Colonials first.

While Bob played for the Royals, Bucks, Nets, and SuperSonics, he spent the longest time (eight seasons) with the Chicago Bulls from 1968-1976. He was a three-time NBA All-Star from 1971-1973, two-time All-NBA Second Team, and three-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Upon his retirement, Love’s number 10 was retired by the Chicago Bulls. He returned to the organization in 1993 for a stint as their Director of Community Relations and wrote a book in 1999 entitled “The Bob Love Story: If It’s Gonna Be, It’s Up to Me.”

Bulls Trivia

Even though 1986 wasn’t a championship season for the Bulls, Michael Jordan set a single-game playoff record of 63 points that still holds up today as an NBA best.

John Paxson, the former Bulls general manager and current VP of Basketball Operations, was a member of the original three-peat championship-winning team from 1991-1993.

During the 1995-96 NBA season, the Bulls won 72 out of 82 games, a league record that still stands.

Derrick Rose was the youngest NBA MVP award recipient at just 22 years of age when he received it in 2011.

The 1998 finals was the most-watched NBA championship series of all time.