A lot of NBA betting handicappers are expecting a Derrick Rose injury to derail the Chicago Bulls but don't discount them with your NBA picks. Here are three reasons why the Bulls are still worth a wager.
The Chicago Bulls could be the best team in the Eastern Conference and if they are, they could very realistically win the NBA title as well.
1 – LeBron James Said the Bulls are a Better Team Than the Cleveland Cavaliers Right Now… And He’s Right
This was one of the bigger and more noticeable comments from any NBA player in the preseason. LeBron James said that the Bulls have better and more established chemistry than the Cavs. Is this true? It’s not the kid of thing that can be proven the way a scientific law can be proven, but it’s very logical and stands up under scrutiny. The big thing to point out here on this topic is that the Bulls have a veteran at the point guard spot, someone they can implicitly trust with the game on the line. Derrick Rose is that kind of player. Let’s say Rose is able to make it through the whole of the season and enters the playoffs in reasonably good physical shape. Will Rose need to be the guy who has to do everything for the Bulls? He might not have to be a one-man gang for Chicago, the way he was in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, when the Bulls had no one else to truly support Rose against the Miami Heat. Rose is a superstar. Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving is a star, but not nearly as complete a player. His defense is a liability, and Chicago can definitely expose that. That's the first reason why you should consider them with your NBA picks.
2. The Other Teams in the Eastern Conference have Worse Injury Concerns or Negative Roster Developments to Deal with
The Indiana Pacers lost Paul George to injury and Lance Stephenson to a transaction. The Miami Heat no longer have LeBron. The Washington Wizards have seen Brad Beal get injured for several weeks. Enough other teams in the Eastern Conference are suffering enough that the Bulls can make their way past them, even if Rose has to miss 10 to 15 games during the season to rest his body and nurse his various bumps and bruises. Keep in mind that the Miami Heat rested Dwyane Wade as a precaution against further injury last season, roughly one third of all of Miami’s regular season games. Wade wasn’t great in the playoffs, but he was good enough to be there when the Heat needed him. This was almost good enough to win an NBA title.
3. Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls are led by one of the three best coaches in the NBA. If you went around the NBA and polled executives, players and other coaches, you’d get a top three of Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, and Thibodeau, with perhaps a few other people saying Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks. Thibodeau is one of the best teachers of defense in the game, and he gets ordinary defensive players to ripen into complete defensive players who are always in position and make very effective rotations. With Thibodeau getting his hands on Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, and other highly skilled offensive players, the Bulls will get players who will become even better on defense as the season moves along. Those players will be great on defense when the playoffs come around. This will make Chicago really tough to beat; keep this in mind when making your next NBA picks.