NBA schedule: Denver travels to Los Angeles to face the struggling Lakers Friday

Ezra Shaw

Miami faces Brooklyn and Memphis plays San Antonio Saturday, while Dwight Howard faces his former Orlando teammates Sunday.

The Denver Nuggets head on the road this weekend for a Friday-night matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Nuggets fell to an even 8-8 on the season with a loss to Golden State Thursday night, the team's second straight loss. Los Angeles have also struggled recently. The Lakers have lost three of their last four, are 2-3 under new coach Mike D'Antoni, and scored just 77 points in a home loss to Indiana Tuesday. The defeat dropped the Lakers, a Western Conference favorite, to 7-8 on the year. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. MT. ESPN will broadcast Friday's game to a national audience.

Elsewhere this weekend, the East's top teams face off as Miami (11-3) travels to Brooklyn (10-4) for a Saturday-night showdown. The Heat and Nets get started at 5:30 p.m. MT. Western Conference leaders Memphis (11-2) and San Antonio (13-4) play for conference supremacy, starting at 6:30 p.m. MT Saturday night.

The Sixers (9-6) and surprising Charlotte Bobcats (7-7) highlight the Friday slate. The Suns face the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon, tipping at 10:00 a.m. MT. Dwight Howard's first game against his former team gets prime billing Sunday night on NBA TV, as the Lakers host Orlando (5-9).

The full NBA schedule is available at Sports Illustrated.

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