This should be a very interesting matchup. Two playoff teams from last season going in opposite directions. The Chicago Bulls, winners of five games in a row travel to Denver to face a struggling Denver Nuggets squad. The Bulls, who got off to a very sluggish start at 1-3, now sit at 6-3 following their current win streak. The Nuggets, who are still trying to find themselves, are sitting with a record of 4-6.
Every year around this time, the circus is in Chicago and the Bulls go on their circus road trip. The Bulls start their official six-game circus road trip in Denver on Thursday night. They are going in without one of their best defenders in Jimmy Butler, who is out with a sprained toe. This very well could hurt the Bulls on this trip. Coach Tom Thibodeau always goes by the mantra of next man up, which is Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy Jr. Even little-used rookie Tony Snell might have to step up and contribute. Either way, the Bulls must continue building the momentum they have going for them now.
The matchup against the Nuggets will test the Bulls’ defense. The Bulls have been holding opponents to an average of 81.8 points during this current winning streak. They are going to have to be very sharp on defense because the Nuggets love to run led by quick point guard Ty Lawson. The Nuggets are averaging 103.4 points per game for the season.
This six-game road trip will tell us a lot about what type of team the Bulls can be. With Butler on the shelf, it makes other players step up and what better way to do that than on the road. This is where the Bulls’ chemistry and bonding can continue to build. If the Bulls continue to play that gritty, tough defense and the offense keeps clicking, this should be a very successful road trip.