NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (37-17) at Chicago Bulls (24-30), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets hope for continued success on their eight-game road trip when they arrive in the Windy City Friday to face the new-look Chicago Bulls.
The Nuggets improved to 5-1 on the trek Wednesday in the City of Brotherly Love, where Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 14 rebounds as Denver upended the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-89, at the Wachovia Center.
Chauncey Billups scored 17 of his 22 points in a pivotal third quarter, while Nene had 17 for the game to go along with seven boards for Denver, which improved to 17-11 on the road this season.
Kenyon Martin chipped in 11 points for the Nuggets, who will finish the trip with a visit to Milwaukee on Sunday.
The Bulls, meanwhile, topped the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday, as Kirk Hinrich exploded for a season-high 31 points and Chicago notched a 113-104 victory after making a six-player trade with the Kings earlier in the day.
Hinrich added four steals for the Bulls, who acquired center Brad Miller and forward John Salmons from Sacramento on Wednesday. Going to the Kings were forwards Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin along with center Drew Gooden. Ruffin was then sent to Portland in exchange for Ike Diogu.
Luol Deng had 21 points and eight rebounds as Chicago won for the second time in its last three games. Ben Gordon provided 18 points, while rookie Derrick Rose recorded 18 points and nine assists.
The Bulls stayed active in the trade market on Thursday, sending disgruntled swingman Larry Hughes to the New York Knicks for forward Tim Thomas, center Jerome James and guard Anthony Roberson. Chicago then turned around and sent the defensive-minded Thabo Sefolosha to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2009 first-round draft pick.
The Bulls, who are 14-11 at the United Center this season, will be looking for a split of the two-game season series with Denver for the fifth consecutive year. The Nuggets topped the Bulls, 114-101, in the Rocky Mountains earlier this season.
02/20 10:44:04 ET