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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

04.02.2016     09:48 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Chicago -2.5 O/U 204.5
Recommendation: Chicago


The Bulls aren’t likely to have Derrick Rose or Taj Gibson available tonight for their showdown with the Pistons.  That’s good news for Bulls bettors, not bad!  Without Rose in the lineup, this pointspread gets deflated into a ‘SU win should equal a pointspread cover’ range.  And the Bulls have certainly proven adept this season at cashing winning bets without one of their key players on the floor.

And Fred Hoiberg’s squad has looked squarely into the depths of the abyss and come out swinging.  Chicago suffered a four game skid at the wrong time, falling 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the East, with only nine games remaining.  The Bulls gut check moment came against the Pacers on Tuesday, when they held Indiana scoreless over the last 3+ minutes of gametime and won on a Jimmy Butler jumper with 3.7 seconds left.   They followed that up by rallying from 14 down late in the 3rd quarter to beat Houston on Thursday.

Coach Hoiberg: “I think the biggest thing is those guys went out there and played Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Chicago Bulls Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapping: Someone has to cover tonight's Bulls-Rockets game

03.31.2016     07:51 AM     Printer Friendly
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Two games behind Indiana for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls have been nothing short of a disaster since the calendar flipped. Both the offense and defense have rapidly declined and it's resulted in one of the worst spread records (31-43 ATS) in the league. Bettors should probably be asking the question: Who wants to win less tonight? The Bulls or Rockets?


"Believe it or not, we work a lot more on defense than on offense," Hoiberg said last week. "There's no question about that. Early in the season, we were a very good defensive team. All the way up until about Jan. 1 and then our numbers completely flipped."

"At some point, we stopped giving the importance that the defense deserves," Gasol said. "We started relying too much on our offense and let our offensive performance affect our defensive effort. It's not unreasonable to expect the same type of effort. It's effort and communication."






Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets




NBA Handicapping: Chicago Bulls continue to be a mess defensively

03.02.2016     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly
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Whoa. Did you know the Chicago Bulls have allowed 100+ points in 14 straight games -- technically 13 out their last 14 if you count Utah's 93 in regulation. Last night was a gem of a performance as Miami shot 67% from the floor en route to a 129-111 win. During this span of defensive ineptitude, the Bulls are 4-10 SU and 5-9 ATS. They are also currently a half game out of the Eastern Conference playoffs -- but only two games out of the fifth seed. Second night of back-to-backs tonight as the Bulls are +4 at Orlando.


"We seem to play harder defensively in our practices," Hoiberg said. "And we got to carry that over into the games. Again, we seem to get deflated when the adversity hits us, when things go well for the other team. For whatever reason we don't get tougher during those stretches and that's what you have to do when that adversity hits."






Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic Miami Heat




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NBA Eastern Conference second half preview

02.22.2016     09:02 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Last week in this space, I wrote about what I’m expecting from the Western Conference in the eight week stretch between the end of the All-Star Break and the beginning of the playoffs.  This week, I’m going to focus on the East, before my attention turns to March Madness for the next few Wiseguy Reports.

There’s no question that the Eastern Conference is finally getting better after nearly two decades of playing second fiddle to the West.  Since Michael Jordan (and everybody else) left the Bulls following their sixth title in 1998, the Eastern Conference has only won five championships, something the Lakers and Spurs have each done five times by themselves during that span!  Detroit won in 2004, Miami won in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and Boston won in 2008.

And from all indications in the betting markets, the East isn’t very likely to win a title this year either.  Cleveland is the only team in the East priced at less than 15-1 to reach the Read more



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NBA Handicapping: Chicago Bulls continue to underachieve against the spread

12.29.2015     12:06 PM     Printer Friendly
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A lot going on with the Chicago Bulls these days. First there were reports of Jimmy Butler calling out first-year head coach Fred Hoiberg. Now there's talk Butler and Derrick Rose are having a difficult time coexisting. The team’s play on the court has been far from spectacular as the Bulls bookended a recent four-game winning streak with three-game and 2-4 skids. Interesting that in last night's win and cover over Toronto, Rose had one of his better games of the season (20 points, 3-of-5 3-pointers) whereas Butler finished 2-of-7 from the floor with five points. Overall, Chicago sits a respectable 17-12 but league-worst 11-18 ATS. They play host to Indiana tomorrow night.




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NBA Handicapping: Sportsbook offers prop bet on Golden State's regular season win total

12.09.2015     10:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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Oddsmakers are giving the Golden State Warriors (23-0) are pretty good shot at topping the 1996 Chicago Bulls' regular season record of 72-10. BetOnline currently as a prop bet of ‘How Many Wins For The Warriors’ lined at 73 or more or 72 or fewer with -115 juice on both sides. As of yesterday, FiveThirtyEight.com gave the Warriors a 54% shot at hitting 72 wins and a 44.1% chance at winning 73. Hell, they're 10% to win 77 games! The Warriors' strength of schedule thus far ranks 17th. Way too early to analyze the SOS of the remainder their schedule but note the following games:

12/25 vs. Cleveland
1/18 at Cleveland
2/6 vs. Oklahoma City
2/10-2/27 Seven-game road trip including at OKC
3/3 vs. Oklahoma City
3/19 at San Antonio (2nd of B2Bs)
4/7 vs. San Antonio
4/10 at San Antonio (2nd of B2Bs)




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NBA Handicapping: Chicago's Butler asks team for better effort

11.24.2015     09:55 AM     Printer Friendly
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Chicago's Jimmy Butler recently called out his team for not playing hard on a nightly basis. The Bulls (8-4 SU, 4-8 ATS) have been an interesting study with Fred Hoiberg taking over for Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls are clearly playing faster (99.9 pace, 9th) but have declined offensively (98.9 efficiency, 23rd) compared to last year's rate (104.7) under Thibs. They have played better defensively this season, but the numbers are somewhat skewed as offensive efficiency league-wide is way down compared to 2014-15 season-long numbers. The Bulls play at Portland tonight. Derrick Rose (ankle) was upgraded to probable.


"I don't think we bring that fight every single night," Butler told reporters after Monday's practice. "I think we're starting to get back to that, but early on we weren't the hardest-playing team every night. We always need to and have to be the hardest-playing team."






Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers




NBA Handicapping: Breaking down head coaching changes

10.23.2015     08:13 AM     Printer Friendly
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A quick look at the NBA head coaching changes heading into the 2015-16 season.

Team: Chicago Bulls
Old Coach: Tom Thibodeau
New Coach: Fred Hoiberg
What we know so far: A shift in style has been the offseason theme. Thibodeau was a good coach but accused of running his players into the ground both physically and mentally. Hoiberg isn't a hard-ass and has a rep of running an up-tempo, free flowing offense. The Bulls were actually 10th in the league in offensive efficiency last season despite Derrick Rose's annual absence. No matter what the the sport, an increase in pace typically results in a decline in defensive production -- something the Bulls relied on heavily under Thibs.


Team: Denver Nuggets
Old Coach: Brian Shaw
New Coach: Michael Malone
What we know so far: Malone is by all accounts a good coach though walked into a no-win situation in Sacramento. Of course with Denver lined at 27.5 wins, you could make the argument Malone just took Read more



Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Denver Nuggets Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Minnesota Timberwolves




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NBA Finals Preview - Cleveland vs. Golden State

06.01.2015     07:59 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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There were a handful of relatively minor upsets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but the favorites in each conference took care of business.  The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the postseason, losing only five playoff games between them on their way to the NBA Finals. 

Both teams faced their only tough tests in the second round – Cleveland had to rally back from a 2-1 series deficit to beat Chicago, while Golden State turned things around after they too, trailed Memphis 2-1 in their second round series.  Since facing those 2-1 series deficits, the Warriors are 7-1 SU, 5-3 ATS, while the Cavs have gone 7-0 SU, 4-3 ATS, with two of those three pointspread defeats coming by exactly a half a point (Games 4 and 5 against the Bulls).

The Warriors opened in the -250 range over the Cavs for the Finals, significant favorites to win their first title since 1975.  We have seen a smidgeon of Cleveland money, with the Warriors down to about -220 here in Las Vegas from the opener, slightly higher offshore.  But make no mistake about it – the Warriors are the clear wiseguy choice in this Read more



Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors Teddy Covers




NBA Gambling: Three of four road teams win Game 1

05.05.2015     07:59 AM     Printer Friendly
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Three of the four conference semifinals just got interesting with road teams snagging Game 1 victories. That caused oddsmakers to make some pretty hefty series price adjustments.

Chicago vs. Cleveland
Opening Series Price: Cleveland -215/Chicago +180
Current Series Price: Cleveland -115/Chicago -105

Washington vs. Atlanta
Opening Series Price: Atlanta -240/Washington +200
Current Series Price: Atlanta -120/Washington +100

Los Angeles vs. Houston
Opening Series Price: Houston -145/Los Angeles +125
Current Series Price: Los Angeles -175/Houston +155




Tags: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards Atlanta Hawks Los Angeles Clippers Houston Rockets



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