Vegas Over/Under: 21.5
The Record Projection: 20-62 of fromal The Bet: Under with marginal confidence Yes, our record projections only have the Chicago Bulls hitting on the below by 1.5 games. They boast plenty of young talents who could break out in expeditious fashion, whether Zach LaVine yields from his ACL injury to average 20 points per match or Lauri Markkanen instantly proves he belongs in an NBA starting lineup. One of those point guards may even turn into a legitimate asset and make everyone’s lives easier.
However, the Dwyane Wade difficulty persists.
The forecast that Chicago and the teenagers will break apart relies on Wade staying with the team; he’s currently on the roster, after all. No matter how much he’s declined since his prime years with the Miami Heat, he is still a fairly valuable player who might serve as the Bulls’ top contributor while the kids develop.
And making it all the more troubling that the 35-year-old could be gone.
ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell explained that a buyout is»inevitable» during an appearance on The Jump, and we have seen the 2-guard tell TMZ Sports he’ll be having dinner with LeBron James, at which he will presumably discuss linking the Cleveland Cavaliers after in year.
Hassan Whiteside is getting in on the action and recruitment the future Hall of Famer straight back into the Miami Heat, as well.
Wade will not last a complete season with the Bulls, making this thin team thinner.