Playing tips for the primary sport of 2019-20

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NBA gamblers should love the Chicago Bulls tomorrow in their 2019-20 opener. Here are a few gambling tips that could help you win some money.

The Chicago Bulls will likely be one of the more confusing teams to bet on during the 2019-20 NBA season. By the looks of it, they have the talent to beat any team on any given night. But I’m also imagining they’ll lose a lot of games as the young group goes through growing pains.

Tomorrow night is one of the safer nights to bet on the Bulls, though. They open the 2019-20 NBA season on the road in Charlotte – a place where professional basketball isn’t doing so hot.

Total points over/under 218.5 (even payout)

This is a relatively fair number for the start of the season. Neither team has proven anything of real substance on either offense or defense.

The Hornets are set to be one of the worst teams in the league this season. They have a nice second-year player in Miles Bridges, an over-paid point guard in Terry Rozier and an on-the-rise shooting guard in Dwayne Bacon, but they don’t have a bona fide scorer, a true no. 1 option.

The Bulls’ defense isn’t going to be great, but I still can’t see this measly Hornets team putting up any more than 105 points.

Chicago, on the other hand, should have an electric offense this season, but they’ll be operating on first-game jitters, and they’re still learning to play together.

Verdict: Under

Moneyline

Moneylines are straightforward and fun to bet. It simply comes down to who you think will win the game.

The moneyline on the Hornets opened at +125 and is currently sitting at +130 (a $100 wager wins $130). The moneyline on the Bulls opened at -145 and is currently sitting at -150 (a $150 wager wins $100).

I can’t imagine the Hornets walk away from this game with a victory, so I wouldn’t recommend betting on the Hornets’ moneyline. The Bulls’ moneyline, on the other hand, is sort of tempting. The payout isn’t great, but with the Bulls’ starting lineup healthy, is there any way they lose this game? I hope I’m not jinxing it.

Verdict: Bulls moneyline

Spread

The spread opened at -1.5 and has since expanded to -3. The payout is -110 both ways. To put it simply, if you bet on the Bulls, they need to win by more than three points, and a $110 wager would win $100. If you bet on the Hornets, they either need to win or lose by less than three points. Likewise, a $110 wager would win $100. If the Bulls win by exactly three, it’s a push.

Since the payout is the same both ways, I wouldn’t even consider betting on the Hornets to cover. I don’t think this game is going to be competitive after the first quarter. But in case you needed further proof that you should bet on the Bulls to cover, 87 percent of the public bets are currently going towards Chicago. That has to mean something.

Verdict: Bulls cover -3 spread

All odds and statistics are courtesy of The Action Network.