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Bulls release 2014-15 schedule

Rose and the Bulls will open up against the New York Knicks on Oct. 29
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Bulls released their 2014-15 season schedule on Wednesday.

The New York Knicks will welcome the Bulls to MadisonSquare Garden on Oct. 29 for the opener. It will be the first time New York's Carmelo Anthony will face the only team that had a strong possibility of signing him this summer in free agency.

The Bulls will get their first look at LeBron James and new-look Cleveland Cavaliers for the home-opener on Oct. 31. The Cavaliers are expected to trade for Minnesota's Kevin Love when Andrew Wiggins becomes eligible to be traded.

Carlos Boozer will make his United Center return on Christmas Day with the Los Angeles Lakers. It will also be Pau Gasol's first game against his former team.

Luol Deng will make his first United Center return, since the Bulls traded him, on Jan. 25 with the Miami Heat.

The NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs will make their only trip to the United Center on Jan. 22. Other notable games, include the Houston Rockets visiting on Jan. 5, Los Angeles Clippers visiting on March 1, and the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5.

This season marks that first that the NBA will experiment with the new extended layoff layoff with the All-Star break. The Bulls last game before the break will be a home game vs. the Cavaliers on Feb. 12, and they won't play again until Feb. 20 against the Detroit Pistons.

Normally one of the league leaders in back-to-backs, the Bulls will play just 20 sets of back-to-back games. The Bulls are scheduled to play on national TV a total of 30 times during the season.