2012 NBA schedule: Bulls host Bucks, Mavericks this week

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bulls welcome the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks to the United Center this week for two early season home games.

The Chicago Bulls return home this week after a five-game road trip that yielded a record of 2-3, bringing the Bulls to 6-6 this season.

Carlos Boozer was a bright spot of the road trip. Boozer averaged more than 12 rebounds and 17 points over the five games, including a 22-point, 19-rebound effort in the Bulls' latest win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Joakim Noah also contributed on the trip with an average of 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Bulls head into this week's two-game home schedule ranked in the top ten in assists, rebounds and points allowed. However, the Bulls have struggled to score points early on this season, and find themselves ranked 23rd in the NBA in that category.

Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls, Monday, Nov. 26, 8:00 p.m. ET, Comcast Sports Net Chicago

The Bulls play the Bucks Monday only two days after their previous meeting in which Chicago won to snap a three-game losing streak, 93-86. Now the Bucks look to snap a three-game skid of their own after dropping contests to the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

The backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings have led the offense for the Bucks, who currently hold a half-game lead over Chicago in the Central division standings. Ellis is averaging 19.9 points and 5.3 assists, while Jennings averages 17.5 points and 7.5 assists.

Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. ET, Comcast Sports Net Chicago

Dallas visits Chicago in the second game of an upcoming four-game road trip for the Mavericks. Led by the tremendous shooting of O.J. Mayo, who scores more than 21 points per game, the Mavericks average the sixth most points in the league. They are still without Dirk Nowitzki, who is expected back some time in December.

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