Tonight, the Bulls play a road game against Atlanta for their first game against the Hawks this year, and what will be 3 games in two weeks against them. The Hawks are 12 games over .500 at 36-24. Due to the Bulls strange schedule, that actually makes them the most games over .500 of any Bulls road opponent this year at the time they play.
Going back, it has been a long time since the Bulls have played a contender on the road. To start the season, the Bulls went 9-8 in their first 17 games. Among those 17 games were road games against OKC, Boston, San Antonio, Dallas, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Denver and Boston again (as well as games in Houston and Sacramento). Since that second game in Boston on December 3, the Bulls have played a grand total of 4 road games against winning teams: New York, Portland, Utah and New Orleans.
To close out the year, the Bulls have remaining road games against the Hawks twice, Magic twice, Heat once and Knicks once. Very odd that of the 20 games against winning teams the Bulls play this year, half of them occurred in the first 17 games.