NBA Playoff Odds: Will the Bulls Make the Postseason?
Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago Bulls NBA Playoff Odds
|Current Place||No. 11|
|Data as of Tuesday, odds via FanDuel|
The Bulls have been one of the biggest disappointments since the trade deadline. Nikola Vucevic was supposed to push this team over the top, but he hasn’t been the ideal fit the Bulls were expecting
Vucevic is averaging 22.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists with Chicago, but his on on-court metrics are leading many to believe that he may be an empty stats guy. I’m not willing to go there yet, but with Vucevic on the court, the Bulls have an 109 Offensive Rating, a 115.2 Defensive Rating and a -6.2 Net Rating.
Overall, the Bulls have a 7-11 record with a 111.0 Offensive rating (20th), a 113.3 Defensive Rating (23rd) and a -2.3 Net Rating (23rd) since the trade deadline.
Zach LaVine has been a bright spot for this team. He’s a Most Improved Player Award candidate, leading the Bulls with 27.5 points, 5.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 50.6% from the field and 41.6% from 3-point range.
With LaVine expected to miss an extended period of time due to health and safety protocols, the Bulls’ chances of making the playoffs are on thin ice.
There is some hope for this team however — they are one game behind the Wizards for the 10th spot in the East and they hold the tie breaker over Washington.
The Bulls have the sixth-toughest remaining strength of schedule in the league, but they face the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks in their final two games of the season, which could be ideal as those teams are likely to be resting players for the playoffs.
Their odds aren’t on the board currently, but they were +980 to make the playoffs on FanDuel as recently as this weekend. I’m not suggesting taking a flyer on the Bulls, but it wouldn’t be shock to see this team sneak their way into the play-in game.