The L.A. Lakers will begin their quest to add another trophy to the case on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Lakers won the Pacific Division and landed the No. 3 seed in the West; the Nuggets won on Thursday to clinch a date with L.A.
It should be an interesting matchup given L.A.'s penchant for focusing vast swaths of its offense on five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and Denver's preference for as much scoring balance as possible. The center matchup between Andrew Bynum and JaVale McGee might also force armchair coaches to grind their teeth to the gums.
Here's the series schedule as released by the NBA. All times are Eastern.
Game 1 - Sun., April 29 at L.A., 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 2 - Tue., May 1 at L.A., 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Fri., May 4 at Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Sun., May 6 at Denver, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 - Tue., May 8 at L.A.
Game 6 - Thu., May 10 at Denver
Game 7 - Sat., May 12 at L.A., TNT