According to six bookmakers in Las Vegas from an ESPN report, the Golden State Warriors of this year (who are up 2-0 in the 2017 NBA Finals) would be favored in a game against the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls that won 72 games and the NBA title.
If you thought the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debates weren’t going away anytime soon, prepare yourself for the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors vs. 1995-96 Chicago Bulls debates.
Although the Warriors of last season didn’t finish the job and the phrase “73-9 don’t mean a thing without a ring” became synonymous with the winningest team in NBA history, the 67-win Warriors of this season could challenge for the “best team ever” throne with two more victories over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.
In a recent ESPN report, Ben Fawkes spoke with six different bookmakers in Las Vegas on who would win a game between this year’s Warriors and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls that won the franchise’s fourth of six NBA Championship titles.
To the surprise of some, this year’s Warriors were basically a unanimous favorite over the ’95-96 Bulls.
Four of the five had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -3 at the Wynn (per Johnny Avello, sportsbook manager at the Wynn).
Another notable thing from the report was on the style of the game. What would be the rules of such an encounter? How would it be called?
“The biggest factor is what rules is game being played under,” Matthew Holt, the COO of CG Analytics, told Fawkes in an email.
“Being able to hand check would make the Bulls favorite and their roster was built for that. In the no-hand check era the Warriors’ current roster is much better suited and would have some serious speed and shooter advantages at several key positions.”
However, there’s already evidence on the table that the Bulls would have the upper hand. Well, at least the version of the Warriors that didn’t have Kevin Durant on their roster last year. NBA 2K gamer Shady00018 simulated a meeting between the 2015-16 Warriors and the 1995-96 Bulls last season and the Bulls survived in a one-point thriller at Oracle, 118-117.
What do you think, Bulls fans?
Could this year’s Warriors with KD in the mix take down the mighty ’95-96 Bulls in a fantasy matchup?