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.