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Bulls tout 4th best championship odds heading into NBA playoffs

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Bulls tout 4th best championship odds heading into NBA playoffs

The Bulls enter the 2015 NBA Playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the East and, at 50-32, are tied for the ninth best record in the NBA.

But playing in the much weaker Eastern Conference, the Bulls actually tout the fourth best NBA championship odds heading into the postseason, per Bovada.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, ranked second in the East but playing the conference's best basketball, are tied with the overall No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors with the best championship odds at 11/5.

The red-hot San Antonio Spurs, last year's NBA champions now seeded sixth in the brutal West, have the third best odds at 7/2.

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Then it's the Bulls and the Hawks, the East's top seed, with the fourth best odds at 12/1.

Despite earning the East's No. 6 seed, the Milwaukee Bucks - the Bulls' first round opponent - have the playoffs' worst odds of hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy at 250/1.

In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have the third best odds to advance to the NBA Finals at 11/2, behind the Hawks (13/4) and the overwhelming favorite Cleveland Cavaliers (1/2).

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Once again, the Bucks have the worst odds of advancing in the East, at 100/1.

The Bulls begin their playoff series against Milwaukee on Saturday at 6 p.m., and opened as 7.5-point favorites. They're a whopping -700 to the win the series, meaning a $700 wager would return $100 in winnings.

Bulls will open against Sixers without Kris Dunn

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Bulls will open against Sixers without Kris Dunn

The Bulls faced a steep test opening their 2018-19 campaign against the Philadelphia 76ers.

That task won't become any easier with Kris Dunn missing the game for personal reasons, head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at shootaround on Thursday.

Dunn's exlusion opens up an opportunity for Cameron Payne, who will enter the starting lineup. Payne started 14 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 assists in 26.5 minutes.

It also moves up Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis, both of whom will be active, in the rotation. Expect both to see at least some playing time, especially with Denzel Valentine also out while recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in training camp.

It could mean an even bigger evening for Sixers point guard Ben Simmons. The reigning Rookie of the Year posted 19 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in Philly's season-opening loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

0:15- Introduction to the Bulls Outsiders

3:15- The process of casting the show

9:45- John Sabine's Improv background and comedy's connection to basketball

11:20- What the Outsiders hope to accomplish with the show

13:00- What's great about Bulls fans

14:20- Who is their favorite Bull of all time, outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

26:20- Bold on the court predcitions for the season

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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