CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls, injured in game one against the Philadelphia 76ers, stands in front of the Bulls bench during player introductions before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bulls have been given 10-to-1 odds to win the 2013 NBA Championship, the fourth-highest in the league.
The horrific knee injury to star point guard Derrick Rose doesn't appear to be scaring many people off when it comes to a 2013 Chicago Bulls title run, as the team currently owns the league's fourth-best odds to take the next NBA Championship, according to VegasInsider.com.
Currently sporting 10-to-1 odds to reign supreme over the league, the Bulls came behind only the Miami Heat (11/5), the Los Angeles Lakers (11/5) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (9/2) as the favorites entering the 2012-13 campaign. After Chicago, however, only the San Antonio Spurs were given better than 20-to-1 odds, as the ageless Tim Duncan and company opened in fifth overall at 15-to-1.
Projected as 9-to-2 favorites to win the Eastern Conference, with the Heat set at an unbelievable 4-to-7 mark, the Bulls are statistically three times as likely to win a title as the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers according to Vegas, and four times more likely than the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets.