CHICAGO — As we inch closer and closer to the 2011 season the anticipation is growing. There is the free agent frenzy to feast on and the overall season to get ready for. But before any of the previous matters, there is the matter of the schedule that must be determined.
Later tonight on NBA TV, the full and official 2011 schedule will be released. The NBA is keeping the details in large part under wraps with the only publicly announced and dated games being the 5 Christmas Day games.
But now there are some details being leaked and oh not are they juicy.
What we know now are basic structures of the schedule such as the three game back-to-back stretch each team has and the alignment of matchups such as all teams will play six teams in their conference four times (assumedly every team in one’s division), eight teams three times (four times twice at home, four teams once), three times twice (once at home), 12 teams once (six at home).
But some details have leaked that are on the official schedule and Pippen Ain’t Easy has the details with the of Blog a Bull and the Chicago Tribune.
Here is what we know will show up on the schedule:
- The Bulls will travel to LA to play the Lakers on Opening Day. But we all knew that
- What we didn’t know was that it is the start of a four game West Coast road trip for the Bulls. Chicago will play
- L.A. Lakers on Dec. 25
- Golden State Warriors on Dec. 26
- Sacramento Kings on Dec. 28
- A yet to be determined game
The Bulls will play their first home game of the shortened 66-game season on New Years Day. Another interesting piece of scheduling is the preseason schedule which will see the Bulls play the Indiana Pacers on December 16 in Indiana and December 20 in the United Center.
Tickets for the December 20 game in Chicago will be $10 with all proceeds going to charity.
The full and official NBA schedule will be released later this evening.