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Game Thread: Mavericks (27-14) at Bulls (28-14)

WHO: The Chicago Bulls host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: The Mavs are coming off a HUGE win at home. Can they start a new streak? A good one?

WHERE: United Center, Chicago, IL

WHEN: 7:00pm CT

HOW: TNT | ESPNR | WMVP | KESN | TSN2 (Canada)

THE STORY: The Mavericks, formerly the best road team in the NBA, are looking to avoid a fifth straight loss away from home tonight as they take on the Bulls who had won eight straight games at home. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer are still out of the lineup for Chicago, and Derrick Rose has been bearing the brunt of the scoring duty. Tonight is another chance for Dallas to prove themselves on the National stage. Links follow the jump, and read the Blog A Bull for info on the enemy.

As Always, GO MAAAAAABS!!!

Mavericks-Bulls Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
After defeating the two-time defending NBA champions to snap their longest skid of the season, the Dallas Mavericks need to maintain that momentum while trying to end another losing streak. The Mavericks look to avoid a fifth consecutive road loss when they face the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Dallas (27-14) snapped a six-game losing streak with Wednesday's 109-100 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Bulls preview — Running with the Bulls in Chi Town
The Mavericks can’t undo the past, but Wednesday night they took a big step towards a brighter future. With a 109-100 home win over the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavericks (27-14) not only brought an end to a six-game losing streak, but they also regained their confidence while avoiding the franchise’s first seven-game skid in almost 11 years.

Full effort returns and so does win column - Dallas Mavericks Blog
Sasha Pavlovic joined the Dallas Mavericks at one of the most awkward points of the Mark Cuban era, with team hit hard by injuries and the mounting losses at a level not seen in a decade. After returning from a miserable four-game losing skid on the road that ended Monday and pushed the total losses to six in a row and nine in 11 games, Pavlovic said he saw characteristics emerge that must have led this team to that all-but-forgotten 24-5 start.

Mavericks end skid in a big way, top Lakers, 109-100
Before meeting the Los Angeles Lakers, Mavericks’ president Donnie Nelson said his team had pretty much arrived at a make-or-break situation. "This is a foxhole moment, a character-building opportunity,’’ Nelson said. "You stick together and fight through it and find a way. It starts with your first win and you build a little confidence. That’s how you get out of these things. The way you don’t get out of them is exactly the opposite where everybody’s finger-pointing and going in different directions. We’ve never had that problem here.’’