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Where: United Center, Chicago.
When: Saturday February 22, 01:00 GMT
The Chicago Bulls host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night looking to extend their current four-game winning streak as they continue to close the gap on the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago (28-25) are now within a half-game of the Toronto Raptors, and seemingly clicking into gear across the court both collectively and individually.
Jimmy Butler was the star of the show with his late block to secure a win over Toronto, however with Carlos Boozer leading with a team-high 20 points, D.J. Augustin going 14 of 25 over his last six games from beyond the arc and Joakim Noah putting up a career-high 13 assists, coach Tom Thibodeau is unsurprisingly pleased with his players.
The Bulls are shooting 48.2 percent during their win streak and have limited their opponents to an average of 84.8 points over the last four. With positivity spreading over the franchise, it is a testament to Thibodeau on how he has kept them competitive despite their setbacks.
Having lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury back in November before Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January, many sceptics had written off their chances this season.
However, as we continue through to the business end of the season, there will be several teams anxiously hoping that they can avoid a first-round playoff clash with Chicago.
The Nuggets were busy on trade deadline day, but coach Brian Shaw has arguably little to suggest that they have strengthened over the last 24 hours and it remains to be seen whether or not they can secure a morale-boosting road win.
Nevertheless, they have enjoyed success over Chicago in recent encounters and will be confident of extending that run on Friday after appearing to have regrouped over the All-Star weekend.