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|The Bulls face a rigorous 66-game schedule these next four months.|
The Chicago Bulls will face the same kind of challenges that every other team faces this season when it comes to the schedule. It's brutal. There is a game almost every day and most days off will be spent on airplane going to another city. It is the kind of 66-game sprint that no coach or player wants to deal with. Having said that, the Bulls are confident they can handle the extra pressure; they may very well have the deepest team in the league. With that in mind, let's take a quick look at the Bulls' schedule and try to figure how they will fare during this shortened regular season.
25 @ Lakers, Win: Whether Kobe Bryant plays or not, the Lakers still won't have Andrew Bynum, who is suspended. The Bulls simply have more talent right now.
26 @Warriors, Loss: The Bulls always seem to struggle in Oakland. That won't change as they play their first back to back.
29 @Kings, Win: Who is going to stop Derrick Rose in Sacramento? Nobody.
30 @Clippers, Loss: Vinny Del Negro gets some revenge as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have too much energy for the Bulls.
1 @ Sixers, Win: Bulls pick up a win in Philly, something they struggled with last year.
2 @ Knicks, Loss: The back-to-backs are starting to catch up to the Bulls.
4 @ Milwaukee, Win: Bulls are halfway through tough stretch.
6 @ Nets, Win: The Bulls' depth wins them another game.
8 @ Hornets, Win: Unless the Bulls are partying on Bourbon Street the night before, they will win.
10 @ Bobcats, Win: The Bulls sleepwalk to a win in this one.
12 @ Celtics, Loss: The end of the trip catches up with Tom Thibodeau's team.
14 Vs. Kings, Win: Bulls struggle to get a win in first game after long trip.
16 Vs. Celtics, Win: Noah gets the best of Kevin Garnett in this one.
18 Vs. Nets, Win: Will Dwight Howard be playing for the Nets at this point?
20 Vs. Hawks, Win: Kirk Hinrich plots his move back to the Bulls from the Hawks' bench.
22 Vs. Bucks, Win: Brandon Jennings is in Rose's shadow ... again.
28 Vs. Bobcats, Win: Bulls pick up first win after the All Star break.
29 @ Spurs, Loss: San Antonio isn't the same team it used to be, but the Spurs are still pretty good.
1 @ Thunder, Loss: Bulls lose a potential Finals preview.
2 Vs. Rockets, Win: What will the injury situation look like at this point?
5 Vs. Celtics, Win: The Bulls get up for a big one against Boston.
8 @ Knicks, Win: Rose and company take care of business against an improving Knicks team.
10 Vs. Knicks Win: Another win against Carmelo and friends.
12 Vs. Heat, Win: Another Eastern Conference finals preview.
15 @ Pistons, Win: The Bulls take advantage of a few days off before this one.
16 Vs. Wizards, Win: Nick Young wonders what might have been in Chicago.
18 @ Bobcats, Loss: The Bulls can't find the effort on this night.
19 @ Heat, Loss: Dwyane Wade comes through in the clutch in this one.
21 Vs. Mavericks, Win: The Bulls respond with a nice effort against the defending champs.
25 @ Pacers, Loss: The Pacers defeat a Bulls team that has already locked up its postseason seed.
26. Vs. Cavs, Win: Thibodeau's team ends on a regular season high note.
Projected final record: 49-17