NBA schedule: Pacers try to extend Central Division lead over Bulls, Nets take on Clippers

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Saturday's NBA games include a clash between Central Division rivals at the United Center in Chicago.

The Indiana Pacers arrive in Chicago on Saturday riding a three-game winning streak with a six-game lead over the Bulls for first place in the Central Division.

The Pacers will try to sweep the season series between the two teams for the first time since 2001-02 without the help of injured forward David West. A lower back injury kept West out of the last three games, all wins by the Pacers, but his presence will be missed against Chicago's front court.

The Bulls are trying to move things in a positive direction to close out the season after losing six of their last eight games. Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson recently returned to the lineup, but the Bulls remain in wait-and-see mode with star point guard Derrick Rose, who has yet to play this season.

Other key contests on Saturday include the Brooklyn Nets visiting the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics taking on the Memphis Grizzlies after a 10-point loss in Dallas on Friday night.

Here is the full schedule for Saturday (all times ET):

Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.

Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m.

Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

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