Oddsmakers Had Bulls as Betting Favorites For 185 Straight Games

Published on April 18th, 2021 11:38 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



Michael Jordan was a dominant force in basketball for many years. Here is a record that has a very good chance of never being broken:

The Chicago Bulls were favored (by oddsmakers) in 185 straight games, ranging from November of 1995 to June of 1997.

During the 1995-96 regular season, the Chicago Bulls, led by a dominant (and un-retired) Michael Jordan, won a staggering 72 games. This season culminated in the first of three consecutive titles for the Bulls.

From the start of that season to the end of the 2007 season, the Bulls would be favored in a staggering 185 straight games.

This streak would last until November of 1997, when the Bulls would get off to a slow start before eventually winning the title (for the third straight time) in June of 1998.

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There are a number of reasons why this type of streak will almost certainly never happen again:

1. Parity. With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league simply has too many good teams and too many superstar players.

2. Rest Days. With players taking more rest days (especially in back-to-back games), there is almost zero chance that a team will consistently be favored to win, especially when their best players are taking rest days on the road.

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There are some sports records that will likely never be broken, and this is almost certainly one of them.

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