Chicago Bulls: Preseason schedule set for 2020-21 season

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A four game preseason schedule is now in place for this coming season for the Chicago Bulls, starting on Dec. 11 against the Houston Rockets at home.

The first step was put into place in terms of the specific scheduling for the looming 2020-21 NBA season on the evening of Nov. 27. On his Twitter timeline on Black Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic posted the entire preseason schedule leading up to the start of the 2020-21 regular season. And the Chicago Bulls have a few very noteworthy games on the schedule.

With the 2020 NBA Draft and the start of this cycle of free agency now in the books, the next step is getting the actual season schedule out.

It all starts for the NBA’s preseason schedule this year on Dec. 11, with the Orlando Magic-Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks-Detroit Pistons games tipping it all off. The Bulls face superstar guard James Harden and the Houston Rockets to open up their preseason slate just one hour after tip off of the Magic-Hawks and Knicks-Pistons on Dec. 11.

The Bulls tip off their first preseason game this year at 7 p.m. CT at the United Center in Chicago.

The Bulls get the Rockets again at home on Dec. 13, and then the schedule turns to two away games against the same team. It is a different style of home-and-home schedule for this NBA preseason.

The two road games in the preseason for the Bulls come against the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Dec. 16 and 18. Recently hired head coach Billy Donovan will get to face his former team on the road in half of the Bulls preseason games.

Moreover, the Bulls will get 10 days between the start of Training Camp and the tip off of the preseason slate. Training Camp begins around the NBA on Dec. 1, getting the Bulls back in the Advocate Center for the first time in a couple of months.

And the 2020-21 NBA regular season is set to tip off on Dec. 22, and the schedule is set to release in two parts. But there is no part of the schedule released for the upcoming regular season yet for the Bulls.

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The Bulls finished off the 2019-20 shortened regular season in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic with a record of 22-43 under the direction of former head coach Jim Boylen, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Donovan will look to take the Bulls to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season.