Entering the 2013-14 NBA season the Chicago Bulls were supposed to be the team in the Eastern Conference that had the best chance to end the Miami Heat's run of titles.
Now with star point guard Derrick Rose out of the lineup, an aging Bulls squad is among a scrap heap of disappointing East teams out of the gate. Sitting at 3-11 SU and ATS since Rose left, the Bulls are one of the worst bets in the NBA.
With the Bulls performing so badly, we look at whether they can restore things to a point where they would be worth playing again.
No Nate, more problems
Without Nate Robinson, it is quite clear that the Bulls lack a quick, offensive point guard that could shoulder the scoring load at PG in Rose's absence.
The Bulls were already loaded at other positions last season and the combination of the score first Robinson, who can heat up in a hurry, and the veteran Kirk Hinrich steadily running the offense. Without Robinson, the Bulls don't have nearly as close to the threat of quick scoring that they did last season. They rank 28th in points and are led by Carlos Boozer and his 14.7 ppg average.
Without a true scorer, the Bulls just can't seem to keep up right now. This is a need that could be addressed with a trade at some point this season.
Defense and rebounding are still elite
The Bulls still have one of the best defensive teams in the league thanks to defensive stalwarts such as Luol Deng and Joakim Noah and are annually one of the best defensive and rebounding teams in the league.
The Bulls are seventh in the league in offensive rebounding and sit third in points allowed, holding opponents to a 43.2 FG percentage.
Because of this, they have value when it comes to under betting. Specifically at the United Center, where they have gone under the total eight times in 11 games.
They are 8-6 O/U on the road, but the best bet when it comes to the Bulls is the under at home. Veteran team that should turn it around
The Bulls are still a team that is 9-15 in a poor Eastern Conference that managed to make the playoffs last season.
A team that has been constructed to win the Championship, it is unlikely we will see the Bulls quit on this season after managing to make the playoffs last year. Soon the Bulls should be seeing lines that are more in their favor if the losses continue to pile up and are likely a guarantee for one good streak of wins.
If oddsmakers don't catch on, this is a team that could possess some solid betting value if you can get them as they turn their season around.
Until you see that, their defense and rebounding is solid enough to make the Under on the total worth your time in Bulls games at home.