The Lede: Running from the Bulls

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Don’t have time to read through 1,000 words, but need some informed betting tips? Here’s a quick rundown on today’s biggest sports story, and how it impacts the way you should bet. Miss yesterday’s? See it here.

Bulls Guard Dwyane Wade is Out the Rest of the Season

After an MRI revealed a sprain and small fracture in his right elbow, Dwyane Wade has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season. Wade was Chicago’s second-leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game on 43.4-percent shooting. The veteran’s absence likely means more minutes for rookie Denzel Valentine.

Chicago currently sits tenth in the East with 14 games remaining. They are one game back of the Detroit Pistons, who hold the final playoff spot. But don’t expect the Bulls to make a late-season run now. Jimmy Butler and co. have already lost six of their last seven, and have Washington, Utah, and Toronto in their next three.

The Bulls are going to have a hard time finding offense without Wade. Outside of Butler, Robin Lopez is the only other Bull who averages double-figures (10.0 PPG). Michael Carter-Williams, Nikola Mirotic, Rajon Rondo, and Jerian Grant will all need to contribute much more consistently for Chicago to have any chance at qualifying for the postseason. Of the bunch, only Grant is shooting better than 40-percent from the field this season.

Do not be tempted by the value, take your money and run from the Bulls.