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Chicago Bulls Given The 11th-Toughest Schedule in 2022-2023

Per Positive Residual, the Bulls and Nets have the hardest schedule of any of last season’s playoff teams.
Chicago Bulls guards Zach LaVine and Ayo Dosunmu walk up the court

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If the Chicago Bulls are going to build upon last season’s success, they’re really going to have to work for it.

According to sports analytics site Positive Residual, the Bulls will play the NBA’s 11th-toughest schedule this upcoming season.

None of the teams who got a worse shake than the Bulls made the playoffs last year.

In fact, Atlanta and Cleveland, two of the teams Chicago figures to lock horns with for playoff positioning, have the third- and fifth-easiest schedules, respectively. The Toronto Raptors, who represent another roadblock to a top-six seed, have the 11th-easiest path.

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What’s more? 

The Bulls have the fourth-most schedule losses (12) — games in which a well-rested team faces an opponent on the end of a back-to-back — in the Association. Only San Antonio, Golden State, and the Los Angeles Clippers have more.

Considering the Bulls are one of only five teams with 15 back-to-back sets on their schedule, the rationale doesn’t seem far-fetched. Especially when the team's recent history with the injury bug is factored into the equation, too.

To shoot ahead of their 46-win total and first-round playoff berth from a season ago, the Bulls were always going to need a few more things to break their way.

Given the path that now lies before them, it looks like they’ll need even more.

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