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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