Chicago Bulls Schedule: 5 compelling matchups over first half of season

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The 2020-2021 schedule is out, and the Chicago Bulls have some fascinating matchups to get ready for.

Chicago Bulls basketball is almost back, baby! It’s been one heck of a year, and for basketball fans in Chicago, it’s been too long.

But, the wait is almost over. The Bulls will kick off their 2020 preseason this Friday against the Houston Rockets in the first of four exhibition games before they officially launch into their regular season later this month.

There is more optimism surrounding this Bulls team than the past few years, and most of it is due to the positivity brought in by the change at the top. New Vice President Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley have instilled plenty of belief that this team will turn things around.

New head coach Billy Donovan, though, might be the most exciting thing to happen to the Bulls this year. He and Chicago are almost ready to get it rolling for the upcoming season. There are plenty of fascinating matchups which were announced as part of the first half of the Bulls’ schedule, so let’s get into it.

1. Season opener vs. Atlanta Hawks (Wednesday December 23rd)

Of course, the game every fan is looking forward to is the regular season opener. Bulls basketball is back, and the general sense of optimism around the club is invigorating. On Wednesday December 23rd, the Bulls will take on the Atlanta Hawks at home in a game featuring what should be plenty of exciting guard play.

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Atlanta boasts one of the better young guards in the league in point guard Trae Young, while also adding former Bull Kris Dunn to help add experience, defense and depth to the position. In Young, you have an offensive explosion waiting to happen while Dunn is there to assist in locking down the perimeter.

On Chicago’s side, you’ll of course see Coby White and Zach LaVine ready to start together in the Bulls’ back court, looking to do some damage as a budding duo.

Don’t look past the front court, though, as Atlanta has one of the best young power forwards in the game today. John Collins put up arguably the  most quiet 20-10 season of all-time last year, putting up 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Collins is a legitimate threat, and he can also shoot the three ball.

The Bulls will have their work cut out for them from the get-go this season, and a matchup with the Hawks couldn’t be a better game to start with. It should be fireworks from the opening tip. Lots of offense and young talent in this one — is it opening night yet?