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It’s tough to know what to make of the Chicago Bulls' current roster construction and playoff hopes under head coach Billy Donovan, but savvy bettors know that the Bulls were one of the most consistent teams in the league last season in 2020-21 at playing low-scoring games that ended under the total. For all the gambling information you need to know on the Bulls odds, point spreads, player props, and futures, keep reading.
Chicago Bulls Point Spreads
When bettors talk about betting on the spread, they’re referring to the point spread, the margin of victory assigned by bookmakers that the favored team has to outperform. The Bulls went 37-34-1 against-the-spread (ATS) last season, firmly in the middle of the NBA pack.
The example below will help illustrate exactly how a point spread works:
- Detroit Pistons (+4.5)
- Chicago Bulls (-4.5)
The favored Bulls are labeled with a minus sign (-) next to their point spread to indicate they’re the favored team, while the underdogs always have a plus sign (+). In this case, the Bulls are favored by 4.5 points, meaning that for an ATS bet on the Bulls to cash, Chicago would need to win by five points or more to cover the spread, while Detroit would cover if it were to win or lose by just four or fewer points.
Chicago Bulls Moneylines
The margin of victory doesn’t matter if you’re only concerned with who wins the game. Moneyline bets are just that: bets on who wins the game, no other questions asked. The Bulls lost moneyline bettors seven units after going 31-41 in the 2020-21 season. Just like with point spreads, the favorite is denoted with the minus sign (-) and the underdog given a plus sign (+).
Let’s revisit our example from earlier to understand the moneyline better:
- Detroit Pistons +165
- Chicago Bulls -200
The numbers next to those +/- signs are the odds, written in American format. They can be read as math questions where the answer is always $100. When betting the Bulls as -200 favorites, it would require risking $200 to win $100. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the underdog Pistons would return $165. Odds are different depending on what sportsbook you bet at, so download the Action Network app and always shop for the best line.
Chicago Bulls Over/Unders
With a feisty defense and middling offense, the Chicago Bulls were a top-five team to the under last season, netting bettors 3.8 units. This is a bet on the total, sometimes called an over/under, which is a wager on whether the two teams will combine to score more or less points than a number set by bookmakers. If the Pistons-Bulls game had an over/under of 226 points, bettors could elect to bet the over or under on that total. A high-scoring game with 227 points or more would cash the over. A defensive struggle with 225 points or fewer would be a win for the under. If the two teams scored exactly 226, the bet would push, and the initial stake would be refunded to the bettor.
Chicago Bulls Props
If you want to keep things simple and just bet on one player to perform, prop bets are for you. Many of these bets are player props, some of which could be a bet on Zach LaVine to go over/under a point total or to record a double-double. Others are specific questions on events throughout the game, like which player scores the first basket or which team reaches 20 points first.
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These are examples of future bets, wagers in which the outcome often isn’t decided until the end of the season. Futures can also be made on players, whether to go over a set total of points on the season, or even to win league MVP.
Bulls Offseason Movement 2021
Draft picks: Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois, No. 38)
Free-agent signings: Alex Caruso (PG and SG), Tony Bradley (C)
Free-agent losses: none