The Friday NBA schedule is packed full, with highlights including the Western Conference-leading Memphis Grizzlies in action and a rematch from last year's Conference Semifinals as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. All told, there are 12 games for fans to enjoy.
The Thunder had little trouble with the Lakers in the 2012 playoffs, winning the series in five games. They went down in the finals to the Miami Heat, but they seem to have picked up where they left off for 2013, leading the league in scoring (105.7 points per game) and sitting just outside the top 10 on defense (96.1 ppg allowed.) Los Angeles continues to go through high-profile struggles, but Kobe Bryant leads the league in scoring, averaging 28 points per game. The Thunder may be having more consistent success this season, but any matchup between these two teams can easily be a scrap.
The Grizzlies' matchup with the Hornets is likely to be a different sort of contest. The Grizzlies boast the best record in the NBA, 13-3, while the 5-12 Hornets sit at the bottom of the Southwest standings. The 26th-ranked New Orleans offense is likely in for a long night against the No. 3 Memphis defense, who are giving up an average of just 91.2 points per game.
The complete list of Friday's games, including game times (all times Eastern):
- Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 7 p.m.
- Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers - 7 p.m.
- Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets - 7:30 p.m.
- Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 7:30 p.m.
- Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons - 7:30 p.m.
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Hornets - 8 p.m.
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 8 p.m.
- Charlotte Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 8:30 p.m.
- Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 8:30 p.m.
- Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz - 9 p.m.
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 9:30 p.m.
- Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings - 10 p.m.