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2018-19 NBA schedule: Bulls to open season at 76ers on TNT

The Bulls will also face the Cavaliers on MLK Day, Magic in Mexico City

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The NBA has announced some of the key dates on the 2018-19 schedule, including the opening week national TV games, Christmas games and Martin Luther King Jr. Day national TV games. The Bulls will be on national TV to open the season, with a TNT date on tap against the 76ers on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. CT.

While the Bulls will return to TNT after a year hiatus, the #TNTBulls technically aren’t back because their ridiculous winning streak is only a home streak. Still, this will be a fun way to tip off what’s hopefully a more enjoyable Bulls campaign. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Sixers are one of the East powerhouses, so the Bulls will be tested right out of the gate.

The Bulls don’t have a Christmas game and don’t have a national TV MLK Day game, but the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reports that they will play the Cavaliers on MLK Day. That game won’t have the cache it used to with LeBron James out of the picture, but a holiday game against a division rival is always entertaining.

Lastly, we also know the Bulls will be playing a road game in Mexico City next season. As part of the NBA Mexico City Games 2018, the Bulls will face the Magic in Mexico on Dec. 13. That should be quite the experience for this young squad, and obviously a very winnable game.

The rest of the 2018-19 schedule will be released Friday.