Losing Derrick Rose hurt Chicago's playoff chances, of course, but handicappers at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas don't see that injury getting in the way of a first round series win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The MGM Grand Race & Sports Book still has theas a -600 favorite for the seven-game series, which the Bulls lead 1-0. Oddsmakers in Vegas and overseas have the Bulls winning Tuesday’s game by 6 to 6 ½ points.
"His injury is key " MGM Grand Sports Book Director Jay Rood wrote in an e-mail. "But not as big if he had played every game and we didn't know how the team would play without him. We have a good sample size on that this year so it removes some uncertainty."
As for Chicago's NBA championship odds, MGM has moved them from 9-5 to 9-2.
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