No team was dealt more significant injuries to their core players last season than the Bulls, with Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, Otto Porter and Wendell Carter Jr. all missing significant time with various injuries.
The result was a 22-win season and more questions than answers heading into Year 3 of the post-Jimmy Butler rebuild.
The NBA announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, and while the Bulls only have one nationally-televised game, there is one distinct advantage they have working in their favor: Rest.
To make that graph simpler, red is bad and blue is good.
While the actual number of games isn't listed, it's apparent that the Bulls will have the fewest number of games in which their opponent has had more days of rest than them. In the new era of Load Management, that's significant.
It's not a surprise, then, that the Bulls have just nine back-to-back sets this season. To put that in context, the NBA just hit an all-time low with teams averaging just 12.4 back-to-back sets this season.
Even still, the Bulls are well below that number. They'll have the rest advantage or the same amount of rest days more than any other team in the league.
Breaking the rest factor down even further, here's a look at the advantages by month.
Much of the Bulls' rest advantage comes later in the season. That's good for obvious reasons, as players tend to need more rest in the post-All-Star break dog days than before it. The Bulls' most difficult stretch of the season on paper is in March and April, but they'll be well rested compared to the teams they're going up against.
Take it for what you will, but the Bulls got a nice boost from the NBA schedulers in this regard.
Bulls will have league's best rest advantage in 2019-20 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago