Last Updated on March 25, 2021
Today is the trade deadline in the NBA, and we already have a blockbuster from the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls. It is likely the first domino to fall among many, but what a domino it was.
With this trade, the Bulls suddenly become a much better roster, and they have a star big man in Vucevic to pair with Zach Lavine. Are they dark horses for futures bettors now? Let’s take a look.
Nikola Vucevic Traded to Chicago Bulls, Bulls Futures Odds Shift
With the news that Nikola Vucevic is headed to Chicago with Al-Farouq Aminu, the Bulls’ futures odds have already shifted. Here’s a look at the trade details.
Here's the deal: The Bulls land Nikola Vucevic and Al Farouq Aminu for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr., and two first-round picks. Huge addition for Chicago, who remains in pursuit of Lonzo Ball. The Magic are moving toward a rebuild now with Aaron Gordon deal on deck.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Immediately after the deal was announced, the Chicago Bulls’ futures odds to win the NBA Finals moved from +50000 at some sportsbooks to +15000 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Keep an eye on the other futures for Chicago, as their team is immediately better going forward than they were the last time they took the floor.
Chicago Bulls NBA Finals Odds Rise
As aforementioned, the Bulls’ NBA Finals odds dramatically increased after the Vucevic deal. While they won’t win the NBA title, their futures odds increased as they could make the playoffs and push the limits as a talented team.
There are four players averaging 24+ PTS, 40+ 3P%, 6+ 3PA per game this season.
Two of them play for the Bulls. pic.twitter.com/PhCYBmtGRd
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 25, 2021
The Bulls are obviously set up for a better future with Vucevic, so here’s a look at some of the betting markets that will change if they have not already:
- Bulls to win NBA Finals
- Bulls to win Eastern Conference
- Bulls to win Division
- Bulls to reach Playoffs
The Bulls are currently 1.5 games back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as of this trade, and their odds to make the playoffs were taken down off the board at DraftKings Sportsbook. When it is re-posted, keep an eye on the number as there could be value to exploit.
Bet on the Chicago Bulls Odds
Betting on the Chicago Bulls just got a lot more fun with the addition of Nikola Vucevic. Not only can you bet on their futures, but there are a ton of NBA betting markets to take advantage of each and every night at legal sportsbooks. Here’s an example of some markets to bet on the Bulls with.
- Player Props
- Game Props
- Live in-game betting
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