The Chicago Bulls’ 2023-24 regular season begins Oct. 25 with a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bulls play four games in October, also facing the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers.
With the season starting so late in the month, the small handful of October games might seem relatively unimportant in a long season, but history shows us that getting off to a strong start is vitally important. That is especially true for a team like Chicago, which is coming off a surprising playoff berth.
With this in mind, IllinoisBet.com – your source for Illinois sports betting - decided to find out which NBA teams have been the best in the opening month since the 2017-18 season. We wanted to determine where the Bulls landed in league rankings and where fans of the team can expect them to be entering November. We utilized ChampsorChumps.us to find the records. Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same number of games, so ranking is based on win percentage. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season.
NBA Team Records in October Since 2017-18
Information will be vital if you choose to place a wager on Chicago Bulls Odds. Here are the results:
Early Start Seems Critical for Bulls
At first glance, the results do not look favorable for the Bulls. Out of 30 NBA teams, Chicago ranks 25th with a 12-19 October record in the month. To put this in perspective, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the league with a 22-9 October record, good for a .710 winning percentage, much better than Chicago’s .387 mark.
With DeMar DeRozan coming off a career year and Zach LaVine coming in with a fresh new contract extension, the Bulls have the pieces to be competitive. But the uncertainty of Lonzo Ball’s knee injury hangs heavy over the franchise. It also brings back shades of the Derrick Rose situation.
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Thankfully for the Bulls, three of their October opponents also have been futile in the opening month of play, with only Toronto sporting a record above .500. Their easy October schedule is one they need to take advantage of if they hope to return to the playoffs, especially with Ball out for an extended period of time. None of the teams the Bulls face early are expected to be strong teams in the league. That gives Chicago a chance to bank some points early and get a head start on some of the teams it surely will be scrapping with to get into the bottom end of the playoffs come postseason time.
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