Predicting number of nationally televised games

The NBA schedule for the 2019-20 season will reportedly be released on Monday. How many nationally televised games do you think the Chicago Bulls will get?

Per Shams Charania, NBA fans will get to see the schedule for the 2019-20 season on Monday at 3 p.m. ET. This is always an exciting day for the NBA world. Fans can plan which games they’ll attend in person, they can schedule watch parties with their friends and they can mark down rivalry nights.

One of the most interesting parts of the annual schedule release is seeing how many nationally televised games each team gets. It’s usually a fairly good indicator of how interesting each team is to the general public. For example, in the 2018-19 season, the Lakers led the way with 43 nationally televised games. The Grizzlies and the Hornets, on the other hand, were at the bottom of the leaderboard with four nationally televised games apiece.

Last season, the Chicago Bulls only had six nationally televised games. That feels about right for where they were in the 2018-19 season as a team. They had some interesting players but were ultimately losing a lot of games.

The Bulls didn’t do enough this offseason to warrant a ton of time on national TV, but they definitely deserve more than they got in 2018-19. Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are all on the rise. Otto Porter Jr. is a fun guy to watch. And Coby White is a talented rookie with sensational hair (the latter being the most important). That all has to add up to at least 10 national TV games, right?

It’s safe to assume teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Bucks, Sixers and Rockets will headline most of the nationally televised games. But it’ll be interesting to see how the NBA views this up-and-coming Bulls team.

Watching games on NBA League Pass is fun, but there’s nothing like watching Doris Burke or Jeff Van Gundy give their respective commentary. Hopefully, Bulls fans get to see a lot of that in the 2019-20 season.

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Prediction: 12 national TV games

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