Our friends over at ProBasketballTalk compile their NBA Power Rankings every week and they released their final rankings Monday before the regular season starts Tuesday evening.
They had the Heat ranked No. 1 (big surprise), with the Dwight-Howard-anchored Lakers No. 2 (another shocker).
But the Bulls were nowhere to be found in the Top 10. Without Derrick Rose to start the season, PBT's Kurt Helin put Chicago 13th. Here's his reasoning:
"The Bulls are going to defend, and a pretty soft schedule to open the season means they may be able to score enough to win. They will get off to a solid start."
That seems about right. I'm curious to see where the Bulls would be ranked if Rose was healthy, however.
The Thunder come in at No. 3, followed by the Clippers and Celtics. The Pacers were eighth and are joined by the Nets (10th), Knicks (11th) and Sixers (12th) as the other Eastern Conference teams ahead of the Bulls.
In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.
Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.
The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.
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On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)
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