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                   === Bulls begin Circus Trip in Denver ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Chicago  Bulls embark on  their annual trek across
 America,  aka the "Circus Road Trip," Thursday night when they visit the Pepsi
 Center to meet the Denver Nuggets.
 
 The  circus comes to  the United Center in Chicago and forces the Bulls to hit
 the  road. It  will be six games away  from home for a Bulls team that has won
 five straight, but is also just 1-3 as a visitor this season.
 
 "The  way  we've always approached it  -- and we're  not going to change -- is
 that  we're not  looking at it as  a long road trip," head coach Tom Thibodeau
 told  the team's  website. "We're  just  looking at  it as  getting ready  for
 Denver.  That's  why you  want to  establish a routine  of preparation and you
 approach  it  the same  way every  game. If you  look at  it that way, prepare
 yourself and do the right things, the results will take care of themselves."
 
 As  if  a six-game  road trip  wasn't daunting enough,  the Bulls announced on
 Wednesday that starting two guard Jimmy Butler didn't travel with the team. He
 has what is commonly referred to as turf toe and is listed as week-to-week.
 
 The  Bulls  collected their  fifth straight  win on Monday  with an 86-81 home
 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
 
 Luol Deng led Chicago with 21 points and eight rebounds. Butler had 14 points,
 followed  by 12 apiece from Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer, who pulled down 17
 rebounds in the win. Joakim Noah managed 11 points.
 
 Monday's  victory  came after  the Bulls  knocked the  Indiana Pacers from the
 ranks  of the  unbeaten.  They visit  Portland,  Los Angeles  to  take on  the
 Clippers, Utah, Detroit and Cleveland before returning home on Dec. 2.
 
 The Nuggets have dropped two straight, although they were reasonable setbacks.
 Denver lost Saturday night in Houston, then fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder,
 115-113 Monday night.
 
 The  Nuggets  held a double-digit lead  in the fourth quarter against OKC, but
 succumbed to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.
 
 Ty  Lawson, who is  off to an amazing start this season, netted a team-high 29
 points.  J.J.  Hickson had 18  points and 19  rebounds, while Randy Foye, Evan
 Fournier and Nate Robinson scored in double figures.
 
 Thursday's  contest  will  feature  the seventh-best  scoring  team  (Nuggets)
 against the second-best defense (Bulls).
 
 "Our  offensive  execution has to be  on point," Denver coach Brian Shaw said.
 "Typically,  their games  are lower-scoring games and they're kind of an ugly,
 grind-it-out style. You have to be able to score, which means you have to take
 care of the ball and get a shot on every possession."
 
 The  Nuggets have won  four straight over the Bulls and six in a row and 12 of
 13 at home in this series.
 
 11/21 10:45:50 ET