The Bulls are +6000 to win the NBA title in 2021-22 according to DraftKings Sportsbook, a big jump from their +10000 standing prior to free agency. The additions of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso give Chicago a solid perimeter rotation while improving the team’s defensive upside slightly. DeRozan provides a secondary scoring option to take pressure off Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.
The Heat were +3500 entering free agency, but have now seen their odds jump to +2800 on DraftKings Sportsbook. They got one of the big prizes in free agency when Kyle Lowry decided to go to South Beach in a sign-and-trade agreement. Miami also brought back sharpshooter Duncan Robinson on what will likely be a discount at $90 million over five seasons. The Heat locked up Jimmy Butler to a maximum extension to set themselves up well for the future.
While these teams still don’t quite compare to the Brooklyn Nets (+200), Los Angeles Lakers (+400) and defending champions Milwaukee Bucks (+900), it’s clear the oddsmakers feel the Bulls and Heat made significant improvements early in free agency to boost their title odds for next year.
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