Rose and Gasol Put Bulls Back in Title Conversation

Derrick Rose’s injury history concerns anybody looking to wager on the NBA this season. Rose’s Chicago Bulls are not only among the favorites to win the title, but the team could be the best they’ve been since the days of Michael Jordan. Consider their 11/2 odds to win the NBA Championship a good indication of how far they can make it. The Bulls have a well-rounded roster that includes MVP candidate Joakim Noah and superstar Derrick Rose. Rose has been limited to 49 games over the course of the past three seasons.The last time Rose played a full season, the Bulls were the No. 1 seed in the east and Rose won league MVP. At that time, Noah hadn’t established himself as an All-Star, and the team didn’t have Pau Gasol (or Jimmy Butler or Nikola Mirotic or Doug McDermott, etc.) Fresh off of a stint with the Lakers where he won a pair of titles, Gasol will join Chicago’s front court with the knowhow to improve upon their postseason performance. The Bulls made the playoffs in each of the past six seasons but have only made it out of the first round twice. Despite finishing with 48 wins in 2013-2014, Chicago was just 41-40-1 against the spread. If Rose can stay healthy for close to 82 games and the rest of the unit gels, the Bulls should defy expectations.