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With reports now coming back from preseason camps, it is a great time to look at team total futures for the NBA, as new rosters look to gel into shape. One of the teams with some very important new faces is the Chicago Bulls of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. A very competitive division outside of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago placed 4th with a 42-40 record, just three games back of the 2nd place and playoff-bound Indiana Pacers. Although that was a winning campaign, you have to go back to the 2009-10 season to find a worse record, and that 09' squad made the playoffs at 41-41. Since then, the Bulls have won 62, 50, 45, 48, 50, and the 42 games last year in a season. The early indications from the Westgate book in Vegas are that the season win total prop for the Bulls this year will come in at 38.5, so it is definitely worth a look.
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The Bulls, of course, lost Derrick Rose but added 30-year old, Rajon Rondo to the mix over the offseason. Joining Rondo on the team is Dwayne Wade, who I assume will be seeing limited minutes keep his effectiveness maximized. What Rondo should bring is a stability to the point guard position, as Rose was normally ailing and you never knew what to expect from him. Early reports from camp are that Rondo is melding very well with his teammates, and swingman Jimmy Butler has been especially impressed with his new teammate. Those two have the potential to be a great scoring duo both in half-court sets and in transition.
This will be the second season from Fred Hoiberg with the Bulls, as he looks to improve Chicago's performance on the road this year. The Bulls enjoyed a strong 26-15 home court advantage on the season but were unable to replicate that success on the road. They also were strong within the division, going 10-6 SU in that situation.
There exist some organizations in sports which are just very hard to fade, and I believe that the Bulls are one of those organizations. The extended level of success that they have had over the last decade is a sign of that. And unlike Brooklyn of Philadelphia, Chicago is reloading instead of playing for a great lottery pick. Losing is not an option in Chicago, that is why I recommend taking the Over as your NBA pick for their season win total if you find it on an offshore book posted in 41 games or less.