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Lakers Schedule 2012: Dallas Mavericks Showdown Sunday On ABC

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off perhaps their biggest victory of the season with their road triumph against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, thanks in part to 30 rebounds from Andrew Bynum in the win. Now, with Kobe Bryant closer to returning after missing three games with a shin injury, the Lakers return home to Staples Center for a three-game homestand against likely playoff teams. Here is the Lakers' weekend schedule:

Friday - Denver Nuggets at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers are 19-4 all-time at Staples Center against the Nuggets, including 7-3 in their last 10 matchups in Los Angeles. This season, the Lakers have won two of the three matchups, including one home win and one win in Denver.

Saturday - Dallas Mavericks at Lakers (12:30 p.m., ABC): While the payback is no way comparable, the Lakers get a chance at a small measure of revenge against Dallas, the team that swept them out of the NBA playoffs last season. This season, the Lakers are 3-0 against the defending champion Mavericks, including two wins in Dallas.

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