Bulls 2013-14 Schedule: Month-by-Month Listings, Predictions and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2013

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Chicago Bulls basketball is back.

After a tough 2012-13 campaign in which this team competed and made the NBA playoffs but never had a chance to win a championship, the Bulls finally look poised to make a run in the East.

Superstar point guard Derrick Rose, who missed more than a year after tearing his ACL in the 2012 postseason, will be making his triumphant return during the preseason and should be 100 percent in time for the regular-season tip.

His presence makes all the difference, as it pushes Chicago from a token playoff squad to a serious contender that can challenge the Miami Heat for the conference title.

Let’s take a look at the entire schedule, via NBA.com, for the Bulls, highlight some of the marquee matchups, make a prediction on how they will fare in 2013-14 and more.

 

*All times ET

 

2013-14 Chicago Bulls Schedule

October

DateOpponentTime
October 29@ Miami Heat
8:00 p.m.
October 31vs. New York Knicks8:00 p.m.

November

DateOpponentTime
November 2@ Philadelphia 76ers
7:30 p.m.
November 6@ Indiana Pacers

7:00 p.m.

November 8vs. Utah Jazz8:00 p.m.
November 11vs. Cleveland Cavaliers8:00 p.m.
November 15@ Toronto Raptors7:00 p.m.
November 16vs. Indiana Pacers8:00 p.m.
November 18vs. Charlotte Bobcats8:00 p.m.
November 21@ Denver Nuggets10:30 p.m.
November 22@ Portland Trail Blazers10:00 p.m.
November 24@ Los Angeles Clippers3:30 p.m.
November 25@ Utah Jazz9:00 p.m.
November 27@ Detroit Pistons7:30 p.m.
November 30@ Cleveland Cavaliers7:30 p.m.

December

DateOpponentTime
December 2vs. New Orleans Pelicans8:00 p.m.
December 5vs. Miami Heat9:30 p.m.
December 7vs. Detroit Pistons8:00 p.m.
December 10vs. Milwaukee Bucks8:00 p.m.
December 11@ New York Knicks8:00 p.m.
December 13@ Milwaukee Bucks8:30 p.m.
December 14vs. Toronto Raptors8:00 p.m.
December 16vs. Orlando Magic8:00 p.m.
December 18@ Houston Rockets9:30 p.m.
December 19@ Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 p.m.
December 21vs. Cleveland Cavaliers8:00 P.m.
December 25@ Brooklyn Nets
12:00 a.m.
December 28vs. Dallas Mavericks
8:00 p.m.
December 30@ Memphis Grizzlies
8:00 p.m.
December 31vs. Toronto Raptors7:00 p.m.

January

DateOpponentTime
December 2vs Boston Celtics8:00 p.m.
December 4vs Atlanta Hawks8:00 p.m.
December 7vs Phoenix Suns8:00 p.m.
December 10@ Milwaukee Bucks8:30 p.m.
December 11vs Charlotte Hornets8:00 p.m.
December 13vs Washington Wizards8:00 p.m.
December 15@ Orlando Magic7:00 p.m.
December 17@ Washington Wizards7:00 p.m.
December 18vs Philadelphia 76ers8:00 p.m.
December 20vs L.A. Lakers8:00 p.m.
December 22@ Cleveland Cavaliers7:00 p.m.
December 24vs L.A. Clippers8:00 p.m.
December 25@ Charlotte Hornets7:00 p.m.
December 27vs Minnesota Timberwolves8:00 p.m.
December 29@ San Antonio Spurs9:30 p.m.

 

February

DateOpponentTime
February 1@ New Orleans Hornets8:00 p.m.
February 3@ Sacramento Kings10:00 p.m.
February 4@ Phoenix Suns9:00 p.m.
February 6@ Golden State Warriors10:30 p.m.
February 9@ L.A. Lakers3:30 p.m.
February 11vs Atlanta Hawks8:00 p.m.
February 13vs Brooklyn Nets8:00 p.m.
February 19@ Toronto Raptors7:00 p.m.
February 21vs Denver Nuggets8:00 p.m.
February 23@ Miami Heat3:30 p.m.
February 25@ Atlanta Hawks7:30 p.m.
February 26vs Golden State Warriors8:00 p.m.
February 28@ Dallas Mavericks8:30 p.m.

March

DateOpponentTime
March 2vs New York Knicks1:00 p.m.
March 3@ Brooklyn Nets7:30 p.m.
March 5@ Detroit Pistons7:30 p.m.
March 7vs Memphis Grizzlies7:00 p.m.
March 9vs Miami Heat1:00 p.m.
March 11vs San Antonio Spurs8:00 p.m.
March 13vs Houston Rockets7:00 p.m.
March 15vs Sacramento Kings8:00 p.m.
March 17vs Oklahoma City Thunder8:00 p.m.
March 19@ Philadelphia 76ers7:00 p.m.
March 21@ Indiana Pacers7:00 p.m.
March 22vs Philadelphia 76ers8:00 p.m.
March 24vs Indiana Pacers8:00 p.m.
March 28vs Portland Trail Blazers8:00 p.m.
March 30@ Boston Celtics7:00 p.m.
March 31vs Boston Celtics8:00 p.m.

April

DateOpponentTime
April 2@ Atlanta Hawks7:30 p.m.
April 4vs Milwaukee Bucks8:00 p.m.
April 5@ Washington Wizards7:00 p.m.
April 9@ Minnesota Timberwolves8:00 p.m.
April 11vs Detroit Pistons8:00 p.m.
April 13@ New York Knicks1:00 p.m.
April 14vs Orlando Magic8:00 p.m.
April 16@ Charlotte Hornets8:00 p.m.

 

Most Intriguing Matchups

Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks

When: October 31

The Bulls open their highly anticipated 2013-14 campaign with a home showdown with the New York Knicks.

It’s going to be a must-see event that even the most casual of NBA observers will want to tune in to see, as D-Rose takes center stage with everything to prove and the weight of great expectations pressing down on his shoulders.

Should he succeed and put on a showing that suggests that he benefited from missing the entire 2012-13 season, he will almost instantly quiet all the detractors and doubters that were around every corner last year.

If he struggles and looks like he isn’t the same player that won the 2011 NBA MVP, there will be a barrage of fans and analysts asking if the 24-year-old star will ever go back to being his former self.

Which Rose will show up? There's only one way to find out, so don't miss this highly anticipated matchup, since the point guard's performance will set the tone for Chicago's entire season.

 

Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat 

When: October 29

You better believe that this rivalry will be renewed in earnest when the Heat and Bulls take the floor on October 29. 

Ever since the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, when top-seeded Chicago fell to No. 2-seeded Miami, this has been one of the premier matchups in the NBA.

Although many thought the intensity would cool a bit without Rose on the floor last season, the Bulls managed to keep things interesting by snapping the Heat’s 27-game winning streak with a razor-thin lineup.

When the two clashed in the postseason, Chicago managed to steal Game 1 on the road before getting eliminated in five contests.

Don’t be surprised if these heated rivals trade blows and duke it out in one of the more exciting regular-season matchups of the NBA season.

 

Predicted 2013-14 Record for Chicago Bulls: 62-20

With or without Rose on the floor, the Bulls are one of the most consistent and reliable teams in the NBA.

With their floor general back in action and presumably at 100 percent, the squad is going to be in contention for the best record in the league.

This is a loaded lineup that has quality players at every position and a decent bench that can hold its own—with much credit due to head coach Tom Thibodeau’s brilliant defensive system.

Fans in the Windy City should be quite excited for what’s to come, as Rose’s return will have Chi-Town back on the map and talking championship in short order.