Over the course of two seasons, from November 1995 to June 1997, the Bulls were favored in 185 consecutive games. It's the longest such streak in ESPN Stats and Information's odds database (dating back to 1990) -- and it's not even close.
The Golden State Warriors own the second-longest streak of being favored in consecutive games at 89 (March 31, 2017-March 6, 2018). The Bulls' streak lasted more than twice as long.
During their 185-game streak, the Bulls went 159-26 outright and 97-87-1 against the spread. They were favored by an average of 10.4 points per game and by less than three points only five times.
There have been runs of being favored in other leagues, just none as grand as the Bulls'.
• From 1999 to 2002, the St. Louis Rams were favored in 57 straight games, the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.
• The Alabama Crimson Tide were favored in 72 consecutive college football games from 2010 to 2015, the longest in the past 40 seasons.
• Per Elias Sports Bureau research, the 2019 Houston Astros were favored in 84 straight games (counting the postseason), from July 3 to Oct. 15.
The Bulls' streak began in 1995, Jordan's first full season back from missing essentially two seasons while playing minor league baseball. On Nov. 26, 1995, Chicago was a 2.5-point road underdog to a Seattle SuperSonics squad featuring Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. The SuperSonics won 97-92 in what turned out to be a preview of the 1996 Finals.
The next night, the Bulls were favored in a road game at Portland, starting the streak. Chicago would not be an underdog again until Game 3 of the 1997 Finals at the Utah Jazz.
"I don't think we'll see something like that again," said Jeff Sherman, NBA oddsmaker and vice president of risk for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
After returning to the NBA in 1995, Jordan did not miss a game in his final three seasons. There was no load management, and the Bulls won titles in each season (1996, 1997 and 1998).
"You see a lot of the load management today that you didn't have back then," Sherman said. "So going forward, even if you have some so-called 'superteams,' you're going to have some of those guys sitting out games. That wouldn't lend itself to a streak like that."
Jordan and the Bulls: By the betting numbers
• The '96-97 Bulls were favored by an average of 11.06 points per game in the regular season, the highest average of any team in the past 30 years.
• No team has been a double-digit home favorite more times in a single season than the '95-96 Bulls. Chicago was favored by 10-plus points in 36 of 41 home games that season. The Bulls went 23-13 ATS in those games.
• During their six championship seasons, the Bulls went a combined 320-281-7 against the spread (53.2%), including a 63-52-1 mark in the playoffs (54.8%).
• Jordan missed six games during the Bulls' first three championship seasons (1991-1993). The Bulls went 1-5 straight-up and ATS in those games.
• The Bulls were underdogs in 60 games total during their six championship seasons. In the nearly two seasons Jordan missed playing baseball, they were underdogs 67 times.
• The Bulls were 1.5-point underdogs at Indiana in Jordan's return game (March 3, 1995). Without Jordan, the Bulls were 6.5-point underdogs to the Pacers earlier that season on Dec. 21, 1994.
• The Bulls were 6-point home favorites over the Magic on March 24, 1995, in Jordan's third game back. When they faced Orlando in January in Chicago, without Jordan, the Bulls were 4.5-point underdogs.
• The Bulls were 1.5-point road underdogs to the Knicks in Jordan's "double-nickel" game. Jordan scored 55 points in only his fifth game back. Chicago would not be an underdog again until the Eastern Conference semifinals at Orlando.
• The Bulls were underdogs just three times in each of the 1995-96 and '96-97 seasons, tied with 2016-17 Warriors for the fewest games in a season as underdogs.
ESPN Stats & Information researcher Mackenzie Kraemer contributed to this story.