The Chicago Bulls haven’t posted a winning record in three years, and were already out of playoff contention by the time the global pandemic forced the suspension of the 2020 NBA season. The 2021 NBA season, however, gives the Bulls a chance to put the recent past behind them ASAP.
The Bulls will play a condensed 72-game regular season. The team’s chances to make the playoffs have improved because the No. 7 -10 seeds will enter a playoff Play-In Tournament in mid-May.
A traditional 16-team NBA Playoffs follows with the NBA Finals playing out in July.
Here’s a guide to betting on the Chicago Bulls at the top Indiana online sportsbooks right now and throughout the season.
Plus, look below to get access to the best available Bulls game odds and futures odds.
Below are the current best available Bulls betting odds across Indiana online sportsbooks. These are lines updated directly by the sportsbook.
Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook, claim your bonus, and open a new account. Note: If field below is blank, check back again closer to the game.
Below are the best current Bulls futures odds from top Indiana online sportsbooks. This includes the odds on the Bulls to win the Central Division, Eastern Conference, or the NBA Finals. Click on any odds to claim your bonus and get started.
Winning NBA MVP may be a certifiable longshot for Zach LaVine, or for any Bull this year, but there will be prop betting opportunities to wager on LaVine’s point totals, three-pointers, or assists this year. Check below for the current odds listed for LaVine for MVP or for the next Bulls game:
You can bet on or against the Chicago Bulls at Indiana online sportsbooks by following these three simple steps:
Register for an account with the Indiana online sportsbook of your choice. Click through our links and complete the registration process on the sportsbook’s website. You can also download its sports betting app and register there.
Fill in the registration forms with your personal information, including your email address and the last four digits of your SSN. Enter the promo code or bonus code listed on this page for the Indiana sportsbook of your choice to make sure you get the best new player bonus.
Deposit funds into your account using one of several available deposit methods. Most Indiana online sportsbooks will allow you to deposit funds using everything from your debit or credit card to online payment processors and bank transfers.
Many even take cash via payment programs available at retail locations including 7-Eleven and CVS.
Look through all the Bulls betting markets at the sportsbook of your choice. Click on a bet you like and a bet slip will be created instantly.
Enter the amount you wish to bet, check out the potential payout, and place the bet. Or, add more bets to the bet slip and possibly put together a parlay.
Half of the Chicago Bulls 2020-21 regular season schedule was released during training camp in December 2020. The other half will be released part way through the first half of the schedule.
The Bulls will play three games against every other team in the Eastern Conference, plus, at home and away against every team in the Western Conference. All Central Division teams will play twice at home and once on the road against teams from the same intraconference division.
The NBA will randomly assign the rest of the home and away scheduling.
The 2019–20 Chicago Bulls finished the pandemic-shortened NBA season with a record of 22-43. That ultimately had the team third in the Central Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.
With no shot at a playoff spot, the Bulls were not one of the 22 teams in the bubble. The 2019-20 NBA season marked the third in a row where Chicago finished under .500.
Zach LaVine led the team in scoring and improved his scoring average for the third season in a row, but still failed to help the Bulls contend for a playoff spot.
The Bulls fired general manager, Gar Forman, and head coach, Jim Boylen, after the season. They named Arturas Karnisovas the new Executive VP of Basketball Operations and moved VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, into a Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations role.
Marc Eversley was then named the team’s General Manager and Billy Donovan was hired as the Bulls’ new head coach.
The Bulls ended up with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and used it to select Florida State forward, Patrick Williams.
The 6-foot-8, 225 pound Williams has close to a 7-foot wingspan and is considered a physical specimen. The Bulls are confident he also has the skills to play in the NBA right away.
When the Chicago Bulls face the Indiana Pacers this season, the betting lines at an Indiana online sportsbook might look like this:
First you have the point spread. The Bulls are 3.5-point underdogs, which means spread bets on the Bulls will pay if the Bulls win, or lose by less than three points. It also means the Pacers are 3.5-point favorites and spread bets on the Pacers will win if the Pacers win by four or more.
You can also see the -110 odds in brackets for this bet. That means you’ll win $100, plus your bet back, for every $110 you bet.
Next you have the moneyline. The Bulls are +155 underdogs. That means every $100 you bet on the Bulls will get you $155, plus your bet back, if the Bulls can get the win.
The Pacers are -175 favorites. That means every $175 you bet on the Pacers will get you $100, plus your bet back, if the Pacers win.
Finally, you have the totals line. Here, you’re betting on if the total Bulls-Pacers score will be over or under 203.5 points.
You can also see the -110 odds in brackets for this bet. That means you stand to win $100, plus your bet back, for every $110 you bet on the over or the under.
You might hear about something called Vegas odds on Bulls games. The truth is the Vegas odds aren’t much different than the odds on Bulls games you find at most Indiana sportsbooks.
They start out the same, but where they may differ is in how they end up looking just before tip off.
Live betting odds can change for a variety of reasons, but when they change because more money is being bet on one side at one sportsbook, they only change at that sportsbook.
Because there’s more interest in Bulls games locally, more money is often bet locally, making the chances local sportsbooks will move the lines better than they are in Vegas.
Indiana online sportsbooks have live betting markets open for every Bulls game. That means you can bet on or against the Bulls during games at odds that change with the action.
Live NBA betting markets include the same lines you find pregame at rapidly changing odds, plus, quarter and half lines and an increased number of player and team in-game props.
The odds change in a heartbeat, which makes live betting best suited for sports betting apps that allow you to get bets down fast.
Here are the stats for the Chicago Bulls team leaders over the past five seasons:
|2019-20||Zach LaVine 25.5||Wendell Carter, Jr. 9.4||Tomas Satoransky 5.4|
|2018-19||Zach LaVine 23.7||Lauri Markkanen 9||Kris Dunn 6|
|2017-18||Zach LaVine 16.7||Lauri Markkanen 7.5||Kris Dunn 6|
|2016-17||Jimmy Butler 23.9||Robin Lopez 6.4||Rajon Rondo 6.7|
|2015-16||Jimmy Butler 20.9||Pau Gasol 11||Jimmy Butler 4.8|
Here’s a look at the Chicago Bulls first round draft picks since 2015:
|Year||1st Round Pick||Player|
|2018||#7||Wendell Carter Jr.|
|2017||#16||Justin Patton (traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|2015||#22||Bobby Portis (traded to the Washington Wizards)|
Here’s a look at the 2020-21 Chicago Bulls coaching staff:
Here’s a look at the Chicago Bulls head coaches and their records over the past decade:
|Billy Donovan (2020–?) ?||2020-Present||?|
NBC Sports Chicago airs Bulls games on TV, employing a broadcast team that includes Adam Amin on play-by-play and Stacey King as an analyst.
You can also listen to Bulls games on the radio on WMVP and WLS. Chuck Swrisky has done radio play-by-play since 2008. Bill Wennington has done analysis on the radio since 2003.
Indiana sports betting apps allow you to bet on or against the Chicago Bulls wherever you are inside Indiana.
That includes this list of Indiana casinos just across the Illinois-Indiana state line from the city of Chicago:
The Chicago Bulls joined the NBA in the 1966–67 NBA season.
The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s. In fact, Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and coach Phil Jackson helped make the 90s Bulls one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
They played in six NBA Finals and won them all. Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time.
The 1995–96 Bulls won 72 of 82 games, becoming the first team in NBA history to win 70 or more.
The team struggled after Jordan retired, but returned to prominence after winning the 2008 NBA draft lottery and selecting Chicago native Derrick Rose first overall.
Rose went on to win the 2011 NBA MVP Award and helped the Bulls reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since the 1990s.
However, they lost to the Miami Heat, and after locking up the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2012, Rose tore his ACL in the season’s first playoff game. Rose was never the same player; he eventually left, and the Bulls have struggled since.
The current owner of the Chicago Bulls franchise is Jerry Reinsdorf. Reinsdorf also owns the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. He’s owned both teams for over 25 years.
The Bulls have won six NBA championships. The years they claimed the title were 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. They also picked up six conference titles (in each of those same seasons) and won their division nine times overall.
The Bulls have made the playoffs 35 times. They’re among the most successful franchises, in that they’ve made the playoffs 35 times in 53 seasons.
The Bulls have a lot of Hall of Famers from players, to coaches, to contributors. In total, eight Hall of Famers have played for the Bulls for at least one season. They are:
As far as coaches go, two former Bulls coaches are in the Hall of Fame:
A number of contributors have also made it, including Jerry Colangelo, Jerry Krause, Rod Thorn, and Reinsdorf.
Forbes says the Chicago Bulls are worth approximately $3.2 billion in 2020. That makes them 4th in the NBA behind only the New York Knicks ($4.6 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion), and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion).
You can get a ticket for a Bulls game for as little as $24, but the average price is $113. Courtside seats range from $1,500 to $2,200 each.
@ChicagoBulls is the Chicago Bulls official Twitter account. The Bulls joined Twitter in September 2008 and now have 4.2M followers.