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2011-2012 Chicago Bulls Schedule: Bulls Hope For Strong Finish In Second Half Of Season

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Bulls Finish Season With Indiana, Cleveland

With two games remaining in the 2012 NBA regular season, the Chicago Bulls have all but mathematically clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year. There is very little, if any, suspense left as the Bulls face the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers to conclude the season, and it would be a surprise if banged up Bulls like Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton even took the floor this week.

Wednesday, April 25: at Indiana Pacers (6:00 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago)

The Pacers and Bulls waged a memorable battle in last year's playoffs, and have split the season series so far in 2012, but Wednesday night's game likely won't live up those previous match ups. With the Bulls assured the one seed and the Pacers locked in as the three, neither team has much, if anything, to play for, and would gain nothing from a typically hard-hitting game. It looked as if a rivalry was budding between the Pacers and Bulls, but with the two teams only able to face each other in the 2012 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals, that animosity will have to be put on hold.

Thursday, April 26: vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago)

The Cavs once looked like they might challenge for the East's eighth seed, but they fell back to Earth not too soon after that. The Bulls have had no trouble dispatching Cleveland this year, but with Chicago likely looking to get its players as much rest as possible, Kyrie Irving and his crew may be able to finish the year with a victory.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Bulls To See Worst, Best of NBA

The Chicago Bulls– who have all but wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference— will play four games in seven days this week. They start the week off with two games against two of the worst teams in the NBA, and finish it by facing the two reigning conference champions.

Monday, April 16: vs. Washington Wizards (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)

Though a Derrick Rose/John Wall match up is theoretically tantalizing, there's a good chance that Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will hold Rose out of Monday night's game after a hard fought, and hard hitting, overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Rose looked as good as he has since his most recent return from injury, but after getting hacked in the face on multiple occasions, Thibodeau may give him a rest.

Wednesday, April 18: at Charlotte Bobcats (6:00 p.m. CT, WCIU)

The Bulls won by 31 points the last time they were out in Charlotte, and it wouldn't be much of a surprise if they got close to that number again. This could be another game where Thibodeau holds out whichever multitude of Bulls players are dealing with injuries, be it Rose or Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, especially considering the opponent that immediately follows this one.

Thursday, April 19: at Miami Heat (7:00 p.m. CT, TNT)

The Bulls will wrap up their season series with the Heat, and though TV executives likely hoped at the beginning of the season that the No. 1 seed in the East would be up for grabs at this point, that's highly unlikely to be the case. Both teams may play hard out of pride, or they may take it easy and more or less punt this one with an eye on the East finals.

Saturday, April 21: vs. Dallas Mavericks (7:00 p.m. CT, WGN/ESPN)

The Bulls' whirlwind week ends with the defending NBA champs. This game should essentially be meaningless to the Bulls by this point, but the Mavs will likely still be clawing for playoff position in a crowded Western Conference.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Travels To Detroit On Sunday

Derrick Rose returned to the Chicago Bulls lineup on Thursday night against the Miami Heat, and as they head down the stretch, the Bulls point guard will be looking to lead the team to a strong finish. Chicago has just one game over the weekend, and that's a road trip to Detroit.

Related: Feed the Moose: Greg Monroe says his number is not getting called

The remainder of the Bulls' regular season schedule can be seen here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Sunday, April 15: at Detroit Pistons (5:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
There isn't a lot left for the Pistons to play for this season, but an upset over Chicago would be a bit of a setback for the Bulls in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the East, which could provide some motivation.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts Knicks, Heat This Week

With just nine games left in the regular season, the only thing up in the air for the Chicago Bulls -- in terms of playoff seeding, at least -- is whether they'll be No. 1 or No. 2 in the East. They have a big game on the horizon against the Miami Heat, who are a couple of games behind the Bulls in the race for that No. 1 seed.

Related: Knicks 100, Bulls 99

The full schedule is here, and this is the week ahead:

Tuesday, April 10: vs. New York Knicks (8:30 p.m. CT, WGN and ESPN)
Chicago will be out for revenge after losing in overtime to the Knicks on Easter Sunday. The Knicks, meanwhile, are still fighting for their playoff lives.

Related: Video: Carmelo Anthony Ties, Beats The Bulls With Ridiculous Threes

Thursday, April 12: vs. Miami Heat (7:00 p.m. CT, TNT)
This is the first of two remaining regular season games against Miami, and a potential preview of a big Eastern Conference playoff matchup. How the Bulls fare in this one could be a major reason why they do or do not claim the top seed in the East.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Travels To New York On Sunday

It's a light weekend for the Chicago Bulls with just one game on the slate, and as the regular season begins to wind down, Chicago still has important questions to answer. Chief among those -- the health of Derrick Rose. The point guard may make his return on Sunday against New York, but just how healthy is his groin?

Related: C.J. Watson needs a rest, but the Bulls have needed him more

Fortunately, the Bulls don't have to sweat a playoff position, but same can't be said for the Knicks, who are in 8th place in the East and just 1.5 games ahead ninth place Milwaukee.

The full 2012 Bulls schedule can be viewed here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Sunday, April 8: at New York Knicks (Noon CT, ABC)

Related: P&T Video: The Knicks Bench Pushes For Open Threes

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts Houston And Boston This Week

The Chicago Bulls have been able to maintain their success this season despite a number of injury setbacks, with Derrick Rose's troubles some of the latest. But they were beaten soundly by Oklahoma City on Sunday, and as the week begins, they'll be looking to get back on the right track. Fortunately they'll have a couple of home games in which to do so.

Related: Derrick Rose speaks about injury, but the confusion remains

With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, crunch time is here. The Bulls have a 3.5 game lead on Miami for the top seed in the East, but there's much yet to be determined in that race and elsewhere.

The rest of the schedule is here, and this is the week ahead:

Monday, April 2: vs. Houston Rockets (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN and NBA-TV)

Thursday, April 5: vs. Boston Celtics (8:30 p.m. CT, TNT)

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Takes On Detroit And Oklahoma City This Weekend

The Chicago Bulls have had to contend with a lot of injuries this season, but those setbacks haven't done much to slow the team down from a win-loss perspective -- the Bulls have the best record in the NBA, and they're four games ahead of Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose has not played since March 12, but the team is 6-2 without him.

Related: Hollinger: Rose-less Bulls are quite formidable

They'll try to keep things rolling this weekend, when they face the Detroit Pistons and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The full team schedule is available here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Friday, March 30: vs. Detroit Pistons (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Pistons are primarily playing for pride at this point, because while they have not been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, it's going to be very difficult for them to make up the 7.5 games by which they trail the East's eighth place team, the New York Knicks. Rodney Stuckey leads Detroit in scoring with 16.1 points per game.

Related: Pistons' Rodney Stuckey finally taking the next step

Sunday, April 1: at Oklahoma City Thunder (12:00 p.m. CT, ABC)
In what could be a potential NBA Finals preview, the Bulls will take on a Thunder team that has the best record in the West. Kevin Durant leads the Thunder with a 27.8 scoring average.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Bulls To Face Three Likely Playoff Teams

The Chicago Bulls will be tested this coming week as they try and maintain their lead on the Miami Heat for the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Here's their full slate for the upcoming week:

Monday, March 26, vs. Denver Nuggets (7:00 p.m. CT, NBA TV/CSN)

The Nuggets have been inconsistent of late and have rearranged their roster with the additions of JaVale McGee and Wilson Chandler, but they are still talented and are capable of beating any team in the NBA on any night. The teams have yet to meet this season, but Denver's superior depth may cause problems for a Bulls team that has been shorthanded for most of the year.

Wednesday, March 28, at Atlanta Hawks (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN)

The Hawks have played the Bulls tough in the Tom Thibodeau era, and they're responsible for one of Chicago's ten losses this season. Atlanta has been 9-6 since the All Star break, but much of that has been spent beating up on teams like the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Friday, March 30, vs. Detroit Pistons (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)

The Bulls have had little trouble with Detroit this season, beating them by an average of 20 points across two match ups this season. If both Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose are out for this game, the Piston's backcourt of Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight could pose some problems for the Bulls.

Sunday, April 1, at Oklahoma City Thunder (12:00 p.m. CT, ABC)

This will be touted as a possible NBA Finals preview, and it's the only time that the two teams will meet in the regular season. Hopefully Rose will be healthy by the time this one comes around, as he and the Thunder's Russell Westbrook are arguably the most exciting and dynamic guards in basketball.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts Toronto This Weekend

In a light weekend by the compressed scheduling standards of this season, the Chicago Bulls have just one game to play: a home contest against the struggling Toronto Raptors. Toronto has lost three in a row as of Friday morning, including a 94-82 defeat at the hands of the Bulls on Wednesday.

Related: Bulls 94, Raptors 82: John Lucas, Kyle Korver lead 3rd quarter surge to help Toronto lose

Saturday, March 24: vs. Toronto Raptors (7:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
The Raptors are well out of contention for a playoff spot in the East and just 15-32 overall. Andrea Bargnani leads the team in scoring with 19.3 points per game, Amir Johnson leads the Raptors in rebounding, and Jose Calderon paces the club in the assist department.

Related: RaptorsHQ Talks NCAA Tournament, Raptors Draft Prospects

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hits The Road For Games At Orlando And Toronto

A stretch of eight wins in 10 games has the Chicago Bulls in position to claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and their lead in the Central Division is all but insurmountable given the number of games left on the schedule.

They'll try to stay on track this week as they hit the road for a brief two-game trip. They'll start in Orlando on Monday night, and then things get a little easier.

The full schedule is here, and this is the week ahead:

Monday, March 19: at Orlando Magic (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN and TNT)
The Magic have held together pretty well amidst swirling rumors regarding Dwight Howard's future with the franchise, and they currently boast the third best record in the East.

Wednesday, March 21: at Toronto Raptors (6:00 p.m. CT, WCIU)
The Raptors, on the other hand, are in the process of rebuilding, and they've won just a third of their games this season.

Related: Talking Barbosa Trade with Indy Cornrows

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Trail Blazers, 76ers Visit Chicago This Weekend

The Chicago Bulls have been on fire of late -- they've won three in a row and nine of 10 -- and suddenly find themselves with a 3.5 game lead on the Miami Heat for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, which could prove a huge difference maker should those two teams meet in the conference finals. But that's far down the line.

This weekend, the Bulls try to keep the good play going as they host the Trail Blazers and 76ers. The full schedule is here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Friday, March 16: vs. Portland Trail Blazers (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Trail Blazers have really struggled of late, and they're well out of the playoff picture in the West, which was enough to cost coach Nate McMillan his job. It remains to be seen how this team responds to that change.

Related: Nate McMillan: Portland Trail Blazers Coach 2005-2012

Saturday, March 17: vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
Philadelphia holds a tenuous 1.5 game lead on Boston in the Atlantic Division, which right now is the difference between the No. 4 seed in the East and the No. 7.

Related: Your Post-Trade Deadline Feelings on Sixers, Sam Young

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago's Road Trip Continues In Cleveland And Philadelphia

The Chicago Bulls have come out of the All-Star break and picked up right where they left off, and they've won four in a row overall. Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton are back in the lineup and contributing once again, and the Bulls are neck-and-neck with Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with fewer than 30 games left in the regular season.

Related: Bulls-Spurs: The aesthetically gratifying Derrick Rose and his battering ram through media ADD

Chicago hits the road this weekend:

Friday, March 2: at Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN-Chicago+)
The Cavs struck gold when they drafted point guard Kyrie Irving in 2011, but they still have a lot of work to do in getting back to being a competitor in the East. Irving leads the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game.

Related: Kyrie Irving Named NBA Rookie Of The Month

Sunday, March 4: at Philadelphia 76ers (6:00 p.m. CT, CSN-Chicago and ESPN)
At 21-15 overall, the 76ers sit atop the Atlantic Division, and after finishing right at .500 a year ago, the franchise appears to be making progress.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts New Orleans Before Hitting The Road

The Chicago Bulls will resume play after the All-Star break on Tuesday, and they'll look to build on a two-game winning streak as the week progresses. The Bulls begin the second half of the season with a five-game lead on second place Indiana in the Central, and a half-game behind Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Related: All-Star Game starring Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Tom Thibodeau: Open Thread

That's pretty impressive work for a team that has had plenty of injury issues so far. And they have a great opportunity to get off on the right foot this week, as there are two sub-.500 teams on the schedule.

The full Chicago Bulls schedule is available here, and this is the week ahead:

Tuesday, Feb. 28: vs. New Orleans Hornets (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN and NBA TV)

Wednesday, Feb. 29: at San Antonio Spurs (8:00 p.m. CT, CSN and ESPN)

Friday, March 2: at Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN+)

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts Atlanta And Milwaukee Prior To All-Star Break

The Chicago Bulls head into the week coming off a surprising 12-point home loss to the cellar-dwelling New Jersey Nets, but the good news is that they could have point guard Derrick Rose back in the lineup as soon as Monday afternoon's game against Atlanta. That certainly would help the team go a long way toward bouncing back.

The Bulls' full 2012 schedule can be viewed here, and this is the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 20: vs. Atlanta Hawks (3:00 p.m. CT, CSN and ESPN)
The Hawks are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and they're 1-1 against the Bulls this season. Joe Johnson leads the team in scoring with 17.7 points per game, while Josh Smith paces the Hawks with 9.5 rebounds per game.

Related: Jason Collins Injury: Hawks Center Has Torn Ligament, Out 2-4 More Weeks

Wednesday, Feb. 22: vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Bucks are in third place in the Central, behind Chicago and Indiana, and they've won just three of their last seven games.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Hosts New Jersey In Lone Weekend Game

The Chicago Bulls will have a quiet weekend by lockout-compressed schedule standards, as their only game is on Saturday afternoon against the New Jersey Nets. Coming off a lengthy road trip, the Bulls remain very much in control of the Central division, and now they're in the midst of a six-game home stand.

Related: Thibodeau clinches spot at All-Star game with win over Kings, Roses give update on back

Saturday, Feb. 18: vs. New Jersey Nets (3:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
The Nets, meanwhile, are just trying to figure out a way to escape the Atlantic division cellar. And strangely enough, New Jersey's road record (5-11) is better than its home record (3-11). Deron Williams leads the Nets in scoring and assists.

Related: Morrow Favored in 3PT Shootout

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Rematch With Celtics Sandwiched By Easy Games

The compressed 2011-2012 NBA season has its (very) hard weeks and its easier weeks, and this week the Chicago Bulls get to enjoy one of the latter. They will host the Boston Celtics on national TV on Thursday, but the three game homestand is bookended by two match ups with teams that should offer Chicago ltle resistance.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Sacramento Kings (7:00 p.m. CST, CSN)

The Kings and Bulls met in the first week of the season when Chicago was on its first West Coast road trip of the season, and the Bulls defeated Sacramento 108-98 behind a double-double from Carlos Boozer. The Kings (10-17) are playing better as of late, having won four of six games in February, including wins over the Portland Trailblazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Boston Celtics (7:00 p.m. CST, TNT)

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has fared well against his old employers during his tenure in Chicago, and the two teams' third match up of the 2011-2012 season should once again be a hard-fought battle between two of the best defensive teams in the NBA.

Saturday, Feb. 18: New Jersey Nets (3:00 p.m. CST, WGN)

The Bulls have taken down the Nets twice this season, most recently earlier this month when they cruised to a 20 point victory in New Jersey. Derrick Rose against Derron Williams is of course the marquee match up, but in the teams' previous match up it was the Bulls frontcourt that destroyed a Nets team that was thin and depleted down low.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Wraps Up Road Trip With Charlotte And Boston

The Chicago Bulls enter the weekend already assured a winning record on their nine-game road trip -- they're 5-2 through the first seven games -- and they'll have an opportunity to head back to the United Center on a happy note this weekend.

Related: Bulls 90, Hornets 67: Barely scoring 90 and winning by 23 has to be about as Bulls-y as it gets

The Bulls begin the weekend with the struggling Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost 12 games in a row and have a 3-22 overall record. They'll finish in Boston on Sunday, which figures to be a bit tougher.

The full schedule is here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Nov. 10: at Charlotte Bobcats (6:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
Charlotte is led in scoring by Gerald Henderson and led in rebounding by Boris Diaw. Henderson is currently sidelined with an injury, however. The Bobcats have not won a game since a 112-100 triumph over Golden State on Jan. 14.

Related: Charlotte Bobcats: On The Search For a Scapegoat

Nov. 12: at Boston Celtics (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)
After a sluggish start, the Celtics are one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. The usual suspects are leading the way: Paul Pierce is averaging 18.4 points per game, Rajon Rondo is handing out 9.8 assists per game and Kevin Garnett leads Boston in rebounding.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Lengthy Road Trip Continues This Week

The Chicago Bulls began a nine-game road trip in Miami on Sunday, and that resumes Monday night in Washington as the team continues to tour the east coast. Chicago will not return to the United Center until Feb. 14.

Related: Rose and LeBron exchange clutch difficulties, but overall Bulls hang tough and once again can't overcome Miami

While the Bulls are still sitting at the top of the Central division, they could use some recuperation time to address the rash of injuries that struck the team in January. Richard Hamilton played on Sunday but acknowledged that his groin, as well as a thigh bruise, are bothering him. C.J. Watson and Luol Deng were sidelined against the Heat. But the lockout-shortened schedule isn't going to do any favors; Chicago plays goes back-to-back twice during the road trip.

The full schedule is here, and this is the week ahead:

Jan. 30: at Washington Wizards (6:00 p.m. CT, WCIU)

Feb. 1: at Philadelphia 76ers (6:00 p.m. CT, CSN)

Feb. 2: at New York Knicks (7:00 p.m. CT, TNT)

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Prepares For Marquee Matchup With Miami Heat

After a winning streak was snapped by the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls will try to get back on track over the weekend, starting with a home game against the 7-10 Milwaukee Bucks. Then Chicago is off to Miami for a big nationally-televised Eastern Conference showdown with the Miami Heat.

Related: Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Indiana wrestles and keeps 2nd half lead to hand Bulls first home loss

The full schedule is here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Jan. 27: vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:00 p.m. CT, WCIU)
It's the first meeting of the season between these two teams; Brandon Jennings leads the Bucks in scoring, while Andrew Bogut leads in rebounding.

Jan. 29: at Miami Heat (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)
The Bulls and Heat tangled in the playoffs last season, with the Heat prevailing, and this could prove a preview of a playoff rematch in 2012. These two franchises could be primed to battle for Eastern Conference supremacy for years to come.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Starts Week With A 3-Game Homestand

The Chicago Bulls have been hit hard by the injury bug in the first month of the season -- Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton both have missed several games, while Luol Deng and Taj Boyd were banged up over the weekend -- and while the long-term effects are unknown, the team has done a good job of weathering the trouble up to this point. Chicago enters the week 15-3 overall, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The full 2011-12 Bulls schedule is available here, and this is a look at the week ahead:

Jan. 23: vs. New Jersey Nets (7:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
Deron Williams leads the Nets in scoring and assists, and the team has gotten a nice boost from rookie MarShon Brooks (15.1 PPG), but it's still a franchise clearly in rebuilding mode with a long way to go.

Jan. 25: vs. Indiana Pacers (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Pacers appear to be the only threat to the Bulls in the Central at this point, as Indiana is the only other team in the division that sits above .500. Danny Granger leads the offense, and Roy Hibbert averages over 10 rebounds per game.

More: Pacers Keep Winning, But Spotty Offense Keeps Nagging

Jan. 27: vs. Milwaukee Bucks (7:00 p.m. CT, WCIU)
Milwaukee is third in the Central at 6-9 overall, though the Bucks have won two in a row.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Meets Cleveland and Charlotte This Weekend

A slip-up in Memphis on Monday aside, the Chicago Bulls have been very tough to beat of late, and they're in control of both the Central division and the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose hasn't played in the team's last two games and may be held out of more action over the weekend, but given the competition on deck, Chicago has a shot at a successful weekend regardless.

The full schedule is here, and this is the weekend ahead:

Jan. 20: at Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN)
For Cleveland team that won just 19 games last season, a 6-7 start to the 2011-12 slate has to be considered some form of progress, though the Cavs are still a ways off from contending in the East again. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving is one building block Cleveland has going forward, as the Duke product has been the real deal in the early going. Irving leads the team with 17.7 points and 5.2 assists.

More: Cleveland Cavaliers Early Season Report Card

Jan. 21: vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Bobcats are off to a dreadful 3-12 start, though D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson are capable of causing some problems. Rookie Kemba Walker is still adjusting to the pro game and his shooting touch has been lacking, but he averages double figures along with Augustin and Henderson.

More: So Exactly What Do We Do With Augustin?

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Kicks Off The Week In Memphis

The Chicago Bulls have had some issues on the injury front early in the 2011-12 season, but it hasn't stopped the team from running out to an impressive 12-2 start; that record is easily the best in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls enter the week winners of five in a row and nine of 10, and they have an opportunity to keep the success coming as they face three teams with losing records in the week ahead.


Related: Bulls 77, Raptors 64: One practice since Christmas and it's showing

The full Chicago Bulls schedule is here, and as for this week:

Jan. 16: at Memphis Grizzlies (12:00 p.m. CT, WGN and ESPN)
The Grizzlies were crushed in Chicago on Jan. 1, which will be a source of motivation on Monday afternoon. Rudy Gay leads the team in scoring.

Jan. 17: vs. Phoenix Suns (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
Steve Nash is still handing out assists by the bushel, but this Suns team appears to be a shadow of the squads that competed for Western Conference titles in recent memory.

Jan. 20: at Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Cavs have won five of 11 games this season after winning 19 all of last year, which counts as progress for a franchise still coping with the departure of LeBron James, but it's a team that still has a lot of rebuilding ahead of it.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Travels To Boston, Returns Home To Host Toronto This Weekend

The Chicago Bulls have had a busy -- and successful -- week, and as they head into the weekend, they're coming off three consecutive wins. Injuries have plagued the team despite its success, however, as Richard Hamilton and C.J. Watson have missed several games of late. Point guard Derrick Rose was forced to sit out of the Bulls' game against Washington on Wednesday and his status for the weekend is up in the air.

The full schedule is right here. This is the weekend slate:

Jan. 13: at Boston Celtics (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
Boston hopes to end a two-game losing streak on Friday night, and at 4-5 overall, they're sitting in third place in their division. Ray Allen leads the team in scoring, while Kevin Garnett is the team's leading rebounder. Boston has been plagued by inconsistency this season.

Jan. 14: vs. Toronto Raptors (7:00 p.m. CT, WGN)
Raptors leading scorer Andrea Bargnani strained a calf muscle on Wednesday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI Thursday, making his status a little uncertain heading into the weekend. The Raptors have struggled in the early portion of the season and sit in fourth place in the Atlantic division.

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Chicago Bulls Schedule 2011-2012: Bulls Open Regular Season Dec. 25 Against The Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA unveiled the Chicago Bulls' full 2011-12 regular season schedule on Tuesday, and as had been reported yesterday, the Bulls will start the season with a four-game road trip. They'll open the season and the road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers in a Christmas day game that will be nationally televised by ABC. From there they will travel to Golden State, Sacramento and back to Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers before finally heading to Chicago for their home opener on Jan. 1.

The league announced that teams could play anywhere from one to three sets of back-to-back-to-back games this season, and the Bulls were fortunate in this regard: they only have to do it once. They'll host the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 9, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 10 and finish up at home on Jan. 11 against the Washington Wizards.

The Bulls get four shots at the Miami Heat, with the first scheduled for Jan. 29. The Bulls regular season concludes at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 26.

A calendar view of the schedule is available here (pdf).

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2011-2012 Chicago Bulls Schedule: Bulls To Start Year With 4-Game Road Trip

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bulls will be starting their abbreviated 2011-2012 NBA schedule with a tryst along the west coast:

#Bulls indeed will open with 4-game trip. At Lakers, Warriors, Kings and Clippers. Home opener, as reported yesterday, New Year's Day. 24 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto


The NBA will be announcing the full 2011-2012 schedule on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. CST, but little bits of information have been leaking throughout the course of the day.

Previously, it became public knowledge that the Bulls would be playing earlier in the day on their opening game against the Los Angeles Lakers in order to avoid a conflict with the Chicago Bears game on Christmas night. Tuesday morning, the word got out that the Bulls will also be away for the preseason opener, to be played against the Indiana Pacers.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago's NBA 2010-2011 schedule StoryStream for more live updates on the Bulls' upcoming schedule.

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Bulls Schedule 2011-2012: Preseason Begins With Indiana Pacers Hosting Chicago

On Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. CST, the NBA will announce the 2010-2011 NBA schedule, but until then, snippets of the schedule have been leaking to the public. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Bulls will not only begin the regular season on Christmas Day, but they will also be playing in the preseason opener too.

The Bulls will be traveling to the Concseco Fieldhouse for a December 16 matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls and Pacers paired off in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, where the Bulls dispatched the Pacers in five games. The Pacers finished the 2010-2011 season with a 37-45 record, whereas the Bulls finished with an NBA-best 62-20 record.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago's NBA 2010-2011 schedule StoryStream for more live updates on the Bulls' upcoming schedule.

Drop by SB Nation Chicago for more updates on all matters Chicago sports. For in-depth coverage of the Bulls, visit Blog a Bull, and for up-to-the-minute coverage of all of the key personnel moves, check out the SB Nation NBA free agency StorySteam.

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Chicago Bulls Schedule: Afternoon Game Avoids Christmas Conflict With Chicago Bears

CSNChicago reports that the NBA has finalized its opening day schedule, giving the Chicago Bulls a 4 p.m. CST tip off at the Staples Center on Christmas Day. The Bulls will begin their season facing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25.

There were concerns that the game might be scheduled during the Sunday night NFL football game between division rivals the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, but the NBA avoided that by giving the Bulls a late afternoon start. The Bears games will not begin until 7:20 p.m. CST, so the Bulls and Bears will only overlap if the Bulls go into overtime.

Also playing on opening day, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks face off in Dallas, the Boston Celtics play the New York Knicks, and the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Orlando Magic.

For updates on free agent moves, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For in-depth coverage of the Bulls, visit Blog a Bull. For up-to-the-minute coverage of all of the key personnel moves, check out the SB Nation NBA free agency StorySteam.

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