The Bulls announced their 2016-17 preseason schedule today, and all seven games will come against Eastern Conference foes, with five of those against divisional opponents.
Here's a quick rundown of the schedule:
Oct. 3 vs. Bucks, Oct. 15 at Bucks: The Bulls tip off their preseason slate with a divisional game against the Bucks, who disappointed last season after their surprise playoff berth in 2014-15. Milwaukee added the incredibly annoying Matthew Dellavedova this summer, although we're going to see plenty of Point Giannis next season.
Oct. 6 at Pacers, Oct. 8 vs. Pacers: The Pacers made some significant moves this offseason by swapping out George Hill for Jeff Teague, trading for Thaddeus Young and adding Al Jefferson. Oh, yeah, Frank Vogel is out and Nate McMillan is in. The loss of Ian Mahinmi could hurt their defense, although a big sophomore campaign from Myles Turner could help mitigate that loss.
Oct. 14 vs. Cavaliers: A game against the defending champs that'll also be a Windy City Bulls theme night. The Cavaliers will look very similar to last season, and the Bulls will certainly win this game and get people excited.
Oct. 17 vs. Hornets: The Hornets gave the Bulls a lot of trouble last season, although they'll look slightly different. They've retained Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, but lost Jeremy Lin, Courtney Lee and Al Jefferson. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should be back, though, and he should help.
Oct. 20 vs. Hawks: This game will take place in Omaha and feature what should be a thrilling battle between former Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver. And of course, the Hawks now have Dwight Howard manning the middle instead of Al Horford.