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Will The Chicago Bulls Make A Large Leap This Season?

I evaluated historical data, roster and performance last season in actual wins and made my over/under pick for the Chicago Bulls in 2018-19.

The Bulls’ rebuild got off to a promising start, winning 27 games, more than anyone expected. Rookie forward Lauri Markannen flashed some star potential, shooting guard Zach LaVine got his feet wet after recovering from ACL surgery and point guard Kris Dunn surged when healthy.

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Signing Chicago native Jabari Parker, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft can be risky because he’s torn the ACL in his left knee twice but the Bulls hope he can return to his 2016-17 form, when he averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 49 percent from the field, all before suffering the second ACL tear.

Now that the Bulls added Parker and first round pick Wendell Carter Jr. they’re planning to move forward just one year of trying to be bad. The Bulls have some pieces in place and it’s time to turn them loose and see what happens. The biggest question marks are defense on the wings, whether Parker can play full-time small forward and the overall chemistry but if this team is still trying to win games late in the season, it will be progress.

The front office went all-in for at least one more year of a young and intriguing roster that has immense offensive potential but too many obvious defensive deficiencies. This decision will shape the season but there’s a lot to like.

Jazz Sports set the season win total for the Bulls at 28.5. Playoff contention in the Eastern Conference is not out of the question and it could be a fun year in Chicago so my pick is Bulls Over 28.5 wins at -140 NBA odds. Chicago won 27 games last season while tanking, with Dunn and LaVine injured for long stretches and without Parker and Carter Jr., so winning at least 29 games will be no problem.

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