NBA schedule 2013: Grizzlies-Rockets, Lakers-Warriors among key Friday games

Ezra Shaw

Twenty-eight NBA will be in action on Friday night, which means there are pleny of playoff implications in play. Here's a look at the schedule of games for the evening.

Twenty-eight of the league's 30 teams will be in action on Friday night, which means the playoff picture in each conference could be in for some shakeups. With so few games remaining on the schedule, every win or loss feels like it exerts a seismic force on teams at the fringes of their preferred spot in the bracket. A win by the Lakers over the Warriors and a Jazz loss to the Timberwolves would practically end Utah's season. The inverse set of results would breathe new life into the Jazz. It's a delicate balance for a lot of NBA teams at the moment.

The Indiana Pacers sit two games behind the Knicks for the No. 2 seed in the East, and they will start the night off by hosting the No. 4 seed Nets. The No. 8 seed Bucks will later take on the Hawks, but at this point the game only matters to Atlanta. The Hawks are a half-game behind the Bulls for the No. 5 seed.

In the Western Conference, the Rockets are now just a half-game behind the Warriors for the No. 6 seed, but they need to knock off a tough Grizzlies team if they hope to make up any ground. The Lakers will have one eye on the Jazz game, because the race for the No. 8 seed in the West could change completely if things break in Utah's favor on Friday.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

Nets Pacers 7:00 PM YES Network FOX Sports Indiana
Sixers Wizards 7:00 PM CSN-Philadelphia CSN-MidAtlantic
Bulls Raptors 7:00 PM WCIU TSN2
Celtics Heat 7:30 PM NBATV CSN-NewEngland Sun Sports
Knicks Cavaliers 7:30 PM MSG FOX Sports Ohio
Bucks Hawks 7:30 PM SportSouth-Atlanta
Bobcats Pistons 7:30 PM SportsSouth-Charlotte FOX Sports Detroit
Grizzlies Rockets 8:00 PM SportSouth-Memphis CSN-Houston
Clippers Hornets 8:00 PM FOX Sports Prime Ticket FOX Sports New Orleans
Nuggets Mavericks 8:30 PM Altitude FOX Sports Southwest-Dallas
Kings Spurs 8:30 PM CSN-California FOX Sports Southwest+
Timberwolves Jazz 9:00 PM Root Sports Utah
Thunder Blazers 10:00 PM NBATV FOX Sports Oklahoma CSN-Portland
Warriors Lakers 10:30 PM CSN-BayArea TWC Sportsnet

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