Enjoying their longest home winning streak in nearly seven years, the Chicago Bulls will try to salvage a split of their season series with the Denver Nuggets when the teams meet at the United Center.
The Bulls have won six straight home games, their longest since winning 10 in a row from Feb. 28-April 11, 1998. Chicago has won 10 of its last 12 at the United Center.
Chicago has struggled against Denver over the last few years, getting swept three times. The Nuggets moved in position to do it again with a 99-81 home win over the Bulls on Nov. 19.
That loss dropped Chicago to 0-7 to start the season. The Bulls went on to lose 14 of their first 17 games, but have since gone 17-5, including a 107-82 win at Atlanta on Monday, their third straight victory overall.
Six Bulls scored in double figures as they moved above .500 for the first time since winning the first two games of the 2002-03 season.
The Nuggets have won three of their last four games in Chicago, but have dropped nine of their last 10 road games overall, including a 95-93 defeat at Dallas on Sunday.
Denver fell to 4-8 under interim coach Michael Cooper, who took over for fired Jeff Bzdelik on Dec. 31.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver’s leading scorer, had 14 points after sitting out the previous game with a sprained right ankle.
Leading rebounder Marcus Camby is questionable for Tuesday after spraining his left ankle in the first quarter Sunday. The 6-foot-11 center had five straight double-doubles before finishing with four points and four rebounds in 10 minutes against the Mavericks.
The Nuggets, 10-5 against the Eastern Conference this season, are playing the second game of their five-game East Coast trip and the first of back-to-back games. Denver is 0-9 in the openers of back-to-backs this season.