In seven days from today, the Chicago Bulls are hosting one of the three opening games of the NBA regular season at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Bulls will welcome LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into the United Center, and will be joined by the Detroit Pistons visiting the Atlanta Hawks at 8:00 p.m. ET and the defending champion Golden State Warriors hosting the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 p.m. ET as the NBA’s opening night games.
Bulls tickets for the season opener against the Cavaliers at the United Center have an average price of $341.59 and a get-in price of $89 on the secondary market according to TiqIQ.com. It will be the second most expensive Bulls game of the season, trailing on an April 9 matchup, also against Cleveland. With a high average ticket price, basketball fans going to the arena can save on parking in Chicago through ParkWhiz.com, where six options starting from $21 to $35 are all within .15 miles away from the United Center.
Prior to the regular season beginning, the Bulls have two preseason games remaining against the Indiana Pacers and the Dallas Mavericks. The home against the Pacers Tuesday night and has an average ticket price of $100.20 and a get-in price of only $23. United Center parking remains nearly the same for the preseason, starting at one less dollar than the regular season ($20).
Chicago’s roster will look very similar to last season’s team, but has someone new directing the ship, as Fred Hoiberg replaced Tom Thibodeau during the offseason. The plan is to create more offensive freedom that includes a more open, up-and-down attacking style that should alleviate the Bulls’ offensive struggles in years past. Hopefully Thibodeau’s imprints on the team’s defense over the years has a lasting effect, to the point where the Bulls have a combination of offense and defense that can take them to the next level.
Although the preseason is not much of an indicator or regular season success, the Bulls are 2-4 thus far during the early slate. The Bulls had four different players lead the team in scoring during the preseason, including Jimmy Butler III, E’Twaun Moore, rookie Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic. The largest task Hoiberg has in front of him is making sure Derrick rose and Butler III can coexist, as Butler was the Bulls’ most improved player last season and is one of the top two-way threats in the NBA. It’s a good problem to have, but chemistry can turn contenders into pretenders if not on the same page.