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Chicago Bulls full 2018-2019 schedule is out

there will be 82 games

Los Angeles Clippers v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Bulls 20-game win streak for home games televised on TNT can’t be extended this season.

On Friday afternoon, the NBA released the Bulls full 2018-2019 schedule, sadly revealing no home TNT games for the second year in a row.

Prior to yesterday afternoon, we knew that the Bulls would open up against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18, that they wouldn’t play on Christmas, that they’d play the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Monday matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that they will travel to Mexico in mid-December for a game against the Orlando Magic.

The prevailing theme across all NBA team schedules for the upcoming season is the continued emphasis on rest. According to NBA insider Shams Charania, no team has stretches of four games in five nights anymore, back-to-backs are at a historic low with teams averaging 13.3 back-to-backs this season, and the NBA has eliminated stretches of eight games in 12 days as well.

Here are a few games that I have circled on my calendar next season.

Wed., Dec. 26 vs. Minnesota

This can be the Bulls Christmas. Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Tom Thibodeau back at the United Center delivering all the feels. But wait, there’s more. According to ESPN, the New York Knicks plan to part ways with exiled big man Joakim Noah before training camp starts. Is Tom Thibodeau the only executive in the league crazy enough to employ Noah next season?

Why not go all in at getting the whole gang back together at this point? My heart probably won’t be able to handle it when they all step foot in the United Center in blue rather than red and black uniforms Dec. 26, but it’d be a heck of a spectacle to see.

Fri., Nov. 16 at Milwaukee

Debut homecomings are always fun as Jabari Parker will play in Milwaukee for the first time since becoming a Bull. The fact that one team has “stolen” a prominent player from the other adds a new layer to an already solid rivalry so this should be a fun game to watch.

Mon., Oct. 29 vs. Golden State

This game is intriguing for two reasons.

1). The Bulls are going to be mediocre at best next season. It’s always a welcomed culture shock seeing how elite teams play basketball when we are so used to watching a far less quality product in the Bulls every night.

2). The Bulls have found inexplicable ways to keep up with the Golden State Warriors at home the last two years.

Jan. 17, 2018: Bulls 112, Warriors 119; six guys score in double digits and Nikola Mirotic had one of his best games of the season scoring 24 points on 9-for-13 from the field.

March 2, 2017: Bulls 94, Warriors 87; Thursday night TNT home game. Enough said. It was the Warriors third-lowest scoring game of the season.

Expect the game this season to be similarly competitive.

Tues., March 12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

It’s always a season highlight when that LeBron James dude comes to the United Center

The Bulls are 4-2 over the last three regular seasons in home games against LeBron, so expect this game to be competitive even if the Lakers are much better than the Bulls on paper.

Thurs., Dec. 13 vs. Orlando in Mexico

This is the first time in franchise history that the Bulls will play in Mexico, so hell yeah I’m excited for it.