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NBA Playoffs 2012 Schedule Released, Lakers Face Nuggets In Round One

After a shortened regular season, just 16 teams remain in the hunt for an NBA championship. The Los Angeles Lakers had a few bumps along the way, but that did not stop them from claiming the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. They will be matched up with the high-flying Denver Nuggets in the first round, with games one, two, five and seven at Staples Center.

The Lakers beat the Nuggets in three of their four games meetings this season. Game one is set to begin on Sunday.

Here is the complete schedule for the first round:

Western Conference:

1. Spurs vs. 8. Jazz

2. Thunder vs. 7. Mavericks

3. Lakers vs. 6. Nuggets

4. Grizzlies vs. 5. Clippers

Eastern Conference:

1. Bulls vs. 8. 76ers

2. Heat vs. 7. Knicks

3. Pacers vs. 6. Magic

4. Celtics vs. 5. Hawks

We should be in for a great next couple of weeks as a champion is eventually crowned. Check back with SB Nation Los Angeles for complete coverage of the Lakers and their quest for yet another ring.