Sports Fanbases Least Likely to See Upcoming Postseason Action

Sports Fanbases Least Likely to See Upcoming Postseason Action
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Every professional season, fans across all sports believe this is the year for their team in their city. Expectations, hope and faith are high until the blunt reality that this year is not going to happen. So, then, one question persists: When will it happen?

Utilizing, – your source for Illinois sports betting - found the odds of each NFL, NBA and NHL team making the playoffs as of Oct. 5. After combining the percentage chance of each team for a city, we were able to arrive at the fanbases that were least likely to see the postseason this sports calendar. Note that only cities with a team in each league were included. Here are the potential longshot titleholders:

Fanbases Least Likely to See Postseason

CityNFLNBANHLCombined %
ChicagoBears (+2500, 3.8%)Bulls (+150, 40%)Hawks (+800, 11.1%)54.9%
Washington, DCCommanders (+285, 26%)Wizards (+1100, 8.3%)Capitals (+250, 28.6%)62.9%
New YorkJets (+850, 10.5%)Nets (+145, 40.8%)Islanders (+100, 50%)101.3%
PhoenixCardinals (+1500, 6.3%)Suns (-3000, 96.8%)Coyotes (+500, 16.7%)119.8%
DetroitLions (-475, 82.6%)Pistons (+950, 9.5%)Red Wings (+230, 30.3%)122.4%


Only Getting Colder in Chicago

With cold weather approaching the Windy City, Chicago tops the list of top five fanbases least likely to see the postseason at a combined chance at 54.9%. The Chicago Bulls (+150, 40%) have the best chance at returning to their proud glory; however, the Chicago Blackhawks (+800, 11.1%) and the Chicago Bears (+2500, 3.8%) have the worst chances.

The Bears’ playoff chances are particularly grim. At 1-4, the Bears (1-4) are currently tied for third in the NFC North standings, three games behind the Detroit Lions. They are coming off their first win of the season, a 40-20 triumph at the Washington Commanders last Thursday night. It was a possible breakthrough moment for Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Field completed 15 of 29 passes for 282 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Bears have a tough one Sunday, facing another surprising 1-4 team, the Minnesota Vikings. Chicago is a 2.5-point and +120 moneyline underdog. A BetMGM Bonus Code Illinois is a must if those odds grab you for either side.

The NBA and NHL regular seasons start this month. Hope springs eternal. On the NBA side, the Bulls odds are +20000 to win the NBA, which is tied for 24th in the 30-team league. In the NHL, the Blackhawks odds are +15000 to win the Stanley Cup. That is tied for 26th among the 32 teams.

Both odds are from Barstool Sportsbook, which is soon to rebrand to the ESPN Bet Sportsbook.

Following Chicago, the other fanbases that will be hard-pressed to see the upcoming postseason are Washington, DC (62.9%), New York (101.3%), Phoenix (119.8%) and Detroit (122.4%).



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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