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Saturday, November 21st (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (6-5) at Denver Nuggets (8-4), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Controversy reigned the last time the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets met.

The Nuggets edged Chicago, 90-89, on Nov. 10 in the Windy City when Chauncey Billups deposited a go-ahead free throw with six-tenths of a second left and Brad Miller's subsequent jumper at the buzzer was overturned by the officials following a lengthy replay review.

Now Denver will aim to beat the Bulls again, this time in the Rocky Mountains where the Nuggets have dominated. Denver is a perfect 4-0 as the host this season and has won nine of its past 10 home games against Chicago.

Most recently the Nuggets fell to a bad Clippers team in Los Angeles on Friday when Rasual Butler scored a season-high 27 points to help the Clips take down Denver, 106-99.

Carmelo Anthony's 37-point night went for naught, as the Nuggets had a brief two-game win streak broken. Nene went for 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Kenyon Martin kicked in 14 points.

"This was a very disappointing game for us. We're everybody's big game now. We didn't stay focused -- if we would have stayed focused we should have been able to win this game," said Billups, who ended just 1- of-5 from the floor for five points.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are coming off an ugly loss of their own in Staples Center to the Lakers. Pau Gasol sparkled in his season debut by scoring 24 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in that one, as the Lakers ran past Chicago, 108-93.

Derrick Rose scored 20 and had six assists for the Bulls, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-1 on a six-game road trip John Salmons added 18 points and Brad Miller 15 in defeat. Joakim Noah finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds and four steals.

"They've got a lot of weapons," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said of the Lakers. "We missed easy shots early. They're long and that gives you lots of problems. They don't only have length, they have talent."

Chicago finishes its trek with visits to Portland, Utah and Milwaukee.

Home cooking has meant a lot in this series with the host taking six of the past seven meetings.

11/21 10:33:36 ET

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