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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Continues Road Trip, Visits Nets, Hornets And Bobcats

The Bulls face a trio of struggling opponents in their first full week of February games.

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The Chicago Bulls (20-6) in the middle of their nine-game road trip, will visit the New Jersey Nets (8-17) on Monday, the New Orleans Hornets (4-20) on Monday, and Charlotte Bobcats (3-21) on Friday.

Here's a look at the Bulls recent and upcoming schedule:

Bulls Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ New Jersey Mon 02/06 6:30 PM CST
@ New Orleans Wed 02/08 7:00 PM CST
@ Charlotte Fri 02/10 6:00 PM CST
@ Boston Sun 02/12 2:30 PM CST
Sacramento Tue 02/14 7:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Milwaukee Sat 02/04 W 113 - 90
@ New York Thu 02/02 W 105 - 102
@ Philadelphia Wed 02/01 L 82 - 98
@ Washington Mon 01/30 W 98 - 88
@ Miami Sun 01/29 L 93 - 97

The Bulls are coming off an impressive win over the Milwaukee Bucks (10-13), who had been surging in recent weeks, but looked deflated against the hot-shooting Chicago offense.

Chicago was recently buoyed by the return of SF Luol Deng, playing Saturday night despite a torn wrist ligament that will require off-season surgery. The team is also hoping for the return of starting SG Richard Hamilton, the team's elder statesman, who is battling a sore groin and bruised right thigh and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game.

The Bulls have also dealt with injuries to the reigning NBA MVP, point guard Derrick Rose, who is listed as probable with a sore back. Rose has led the team with an impressive 23.6 points and 8.2 assists per game.

Meanwhile, the Nets boast only 8 wins on the season, losing 4 of their last 5 games. New Jersey started the season with a regrettable 1-6 record, but have since improved a little behind the play of F Kris Humphries and G Deron Williams. The team also feature a familiar face in former Bulls G-F Keith Bogans, who started all 82 games for Chicago in the 2010-11 NBA Season.

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