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NBA Handicapping: Chicago Bulls not in a good place right now

01.26.2017     09:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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Move over New York Knicks, there's a new dumpster fire in town. Here we have Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade basically calling the entire team soft following last night's home loss to Atlanta. The Bulls face Miami and Philadelphia at home before embarking on a six-game west coast road trip.


"M-----f-----s just got to care if we win or lose," Butler said. "At the end of the day, do whatever it takes to help the team win. You play your role to the tee. Be a star in your role, man. That's how you win in this league, man. You have to embrace what this team, what this organization needs for you to do on either end of the floor. On top of everything else, just play every possession like it's your last. We don't play hard all the time. It's very disappointing whenever we don't play hard."






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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

04.02.2016     09:48 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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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



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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."






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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."






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