2012 NBA schedule: Lakers, Clippers in action Friday and Saturday night

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The Clippers try to continue their run at the top of the Pacific starting Friday night, while the Lakers are still trying to find their feet under new head coach Mike D'Antoni.

The upcoming weekend has a full slate of NBA action, with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers both playing on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Clippers get things started on Friday when they visit the Brooklyn Nets. Both teams are coming off a loss, with LA's loss stemming from Chris Paul shooting just 2-of-14 from the floor. The Nets pose a challenge at home, averaging nearly eight more points per game than when they're on the road. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on Fox Sports Prime.

The Lakers face the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night, and both of those teams are also coming off a loss. The Lakers went down to the Sacramento Kings in new head coach Mike D'Antoni's second game, and the 8-2 Grizzlies will pose a significant challenge. Kobe Bryant had 38 points in LA's loss, and a similar effort would go a long way against Memphis. The game begins at 5 p.m. PT and will be on Time Warner Sports Net.

Saturday night will see the Clippers face the Atlanta Hawks. The two teams are in similar positions, fighting for respect in a division with bigger, brighter stars, but the Clips have made more of it so far. They're 8-3 and lead the Pacific, while Atlanta is 6-4 and tied for second in the Southeast. The game is at 4 p.m. PT and will be on Fox Sports Prime.

The Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. The two teams last saw each other on opening night, where the Mavericks took advantage of the Lakers' early turmoil and won, 99-91. The Lakers have their chance at revenge at 8:30 p.m. PT on Time Warner Sports Net.

Neither team is in action on Sunday. The full league schedule for the weekend is available at SI.com.

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