Bulls 2019-20 Season Win Total: Will Chicago Compete for East Playoffs?
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dunks at the United Center.
- Prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) analyzes each team's win total odds.
- Below, Matt provides a case for the over and under + gives his confidence rating for the Chicago Bulls' win total this year.
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Chicago Bulls Win Total
The Case for the Over (31.5, DraftKings)
After dealing for Otto Porter, the Bulls went on a tiny run. They went 6-2 with Porter over the next three weeks before the wheels came off and Porter got hurt and eventually shut down for the year.
I don’t have the Bulls dramatically over their highest over number available in the market (33.5), but at 31.5 you’re banking they’re a team in the 30s in the East, with a roster with better defensive presence, a better point guard in Tomas Satoransky, better bigs like Thaddeus Young and (hopefully) the return of Wendell Carter Jr.
Their schedule is kind the first two months of the season, and they have no rest-disadvantage games until January, with a low miles traveled rate.
The team isn’t great, but the number is choice.
The Case for the Under (34.5, Caesars)
Well, it’s the Bulls. They’ve been a mess, they’re young and they play in the one East division with three likely playoff teams.
Carter Jr. and Zach LaVine have long injury issues. Young and Satoransky are the kinds of players nerdy basketball analysts adore (guilty!), but are they really difference-makers without star players to hold them up?
They close with a top-five schedule the final two months. Now, I typically prefer if I’m going over for teams to have tough closing slates, because the best teams are often resting players late in the year. But there’s also a chance the Bulls are outright tanking to close out the season if they’re at 25-ish wins to start March.
Jim Boylen’s a mystery; his gruff, old-school, drop-and-give-me-twenty approach seems outdated and at risk for a complete mutiny for the second time in a year. But there were also real signs that the team played for him, and those kinds of Scott Skiles-esque coaches can sometimes get short-term results at the cost of long-term sustainability.
It should be noted, however, that despite that post-All-Star blip, the Bulls finished with the second-worst Net Rating in the league after the All-Star break overall.
- The pick: Over 31.5
- Confidence: 7 out of 10
If you’re going this far, it might be worth considering Bulls to make the playoffs at +340 at DraftKings. The No. 8 seed in the East might legitimately need only 39 wins — and if you think they have a chance at 35, there’s a reasonable case to make for them sneaking into the postseason.
Porter really did make that much of a difference for them, he’s entering his prime and Satoransky and Thad Young make them more capable. Add in a bounce-back season from Lauri Markkanen, who I’m high on, and 31.5 is just too low not to take the over.