Basketball betting expectations are higher this year for the Chicago Bulls as many online basketball betting handicappers think that they can take the next step toward contention.
The Bulls are coming off back to back 41 win seasons and opened at Sports-Gambling as +1800 choice to win the 2010-11 NBA title.
The Bulls had a somewhat disappointing off season from the extent of trying to sign LeBron James as a free agent from Cleveland as he ended up in Miami but other than that optimism is running high in the Windy City.
The Bulls did not come away empty handed during the free agent period last summer as Carlos Boozer arrived from the Utah Jazz where he was a star that averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last year, which was his fourth consecutive double-double average season. Boozer signed a 5 year deal that could end up being worth $80 million.
Another interesting pickup in the offseason was three point shooting ace Kyle Korver, who was also with Utah last year. Korver will keep defenses honest and offer the potential of Chicago never really being out of any game they play as one of the leading pro basketball betting assets from long range shooting position.
Korver set an NBA record by making 53.6 percent of his 3-point shots.
Derrick Rose is the man that makes the Bulls go and the franchise player. The 2 year pro out of Memphis is one of the best guards in basketball sports betting and was the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year. Last year Rose improved to 20.8 points per game, which was 4 points better than the previous season.
Joakim Noah is another key basketball betting asset at the center position. The 3 year pro out of Florida should see his 10.7 points per game average improve this year as Boozer will open up the offense and keep defenses honest.
Tom Thibodeau arrives from Boston as the new head coach of the Bulls. He is known for his defensive expertise and was a key contributor to the Celtics 2008 NBA title. He will have the immediate task of brining the new look Bulls together into a well run unit.