Betting on the Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball Team

The Chicago Bulls have only existed since 1966. However, "Da Bulls" have rung up 6 NBA Championships. All of those came between 1991 and 1998, when the unstoppable Michael Jordan was having his way with the league. Tom Thibodeau is the head coach entering the 2014 season, with the Chicago Bulls playing home games in the United Center (basketball seating capacity 22,917). The Bulls play basketball in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA. The team claims 6 Conference Titles, 9 Division Championships and 4 retired numbers. Rivalries with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks were strong in earlier years. Recently the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have added their names to rival teams that Chicago Bulls players and fans love to hate. Illinois basketball betting action enjoys an active regular season for both the NBA and NCAAB leagues, with games taking place daily, as well as a very active playoff and championship period as well, particularly during March Madness. For those of you who also love college basketball, we have included a guide to betting on Illinois college basketball teams that specifically targets information that will assist you in your NCAAB wagering. And lastly, for those who follow multiple sports venues at once, you will find our guide Illinois football betting helpful in assisting you with multitasking across sports platforms during your sports betting.

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Betting on the Chicago Bulls in 2014 - 2015

Betting on Illinois basketball in 2014 - 15 can mean laying a wager on the Chicago Bulls. After 8 games the team owns the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference, at 6 - 2. That places them 1 game back of Toronto for the Conference lead. Chicago leads the Central Division of the Eastern Conference and looks to be one of the best teams in the NBA. Shooting guard Jimmy Butler is knocking down 19.5 points per game, and perennial MVP Derrick Rose is adding 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest. Those numbers are below Rose's career averages, but with Center Pau Gasol contributing 2.4 blocks, 18.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, the Bulls are well-rounded and competitive. In the early 2014 - 15 season Chicago is 8th in the league in scoring and 14th in points allowed. That is a recipe that just about guarantees a postseason appearance for the Bulls in 2015.

The Michael Jordan Era

From 1991 through '98 if Michael Jordan was playing basketball for the Bulls, the team won the NBA Championship. That included a record 72 games won during the 1995 - 96 season, making them the only team in NBA history at that time with 70+ wins. The 1996 Chicago Bulls team with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and head coach Phil Jackson is considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history. The most difficult part of the successful Michael Jordan era for Chicago Bulls fans concerns his first retirement, taking place from 1993 to 1995.

The Bulls had just come off a Three-Peat of 3 straight NBA Championships. But without Jordan, the best the Bulls could do was make the playoffs. From the 1995 through 1998 seasons, with Jordan back, arguably the best basketball player of all time, the Bulls won their second Three-Peat as they claimed another 3 straight NBA Titles. In 1995 - 96 Jordan won his 8th scoring title and Dennis Rodman his 5th straight rebounding title, while guard Steve Kerr was second in the league in three-point shooting percentage. Individually, Jordan won the NBA Finals MVP each year that the Bulls won the title. He was also NBA Season MVP 5 times, a 14 time All-Star, and 9 time NBA All Defensive First Team selection.

Chicago Bulls Hall of Famers

Considering the Bulls have only been playing basketball since 1966, it is impressive that 12 players, coaches and contributors have made it to the National Basketball Association Hall of Fame. C Nate Thurmond was inducted into the hall in 1985, with SG George "The Iceman" Gervin following in 1986. Centers Artis Gilmore and Robert Parish joined shooting forwards Scottie Pippen and Chet Walker as Bulls who also made the Hall of Fame. Michael Jordan is the most successful Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer, and head coach Phil Jackson was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Resources for Chicago Bulls Fans

Chicago Bulls Official Website

NBA Official Website