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NBA schedule 2012: Timberwolves draw Pacers on Friday, Bulls on Saturday

Minnesota Timberwolves are set to take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, and they get a quick turnaround for a matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.


The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but they've still managed to start the season 3-1 overall. After wins over the Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, Minnesota draws a few bigger tests this weekend.

On Friday they host the Indiana Pacers sans Danny Granger (6 p.m. CT, WFTC). The next night they hit the road to take on Tom Thibodeau's feisty Chicago Bulls squad (6 p.m. CT, WFTC). There are still a few more games before the true test of the early season emerges in late-November. Starting on Nov. 23 the Wolves begin a four-game West Coast road trip where they take on the Trail Blazers, Warriors, Kings and Clippers.

If you still haven't seen James Harden and Jeremy Lin play for the Houston Rockets, they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on NBATV at 7 p.m. CT on Friday night. Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz will be on ESPN for a late-night game against the Denver Nuggets (ESPN, 9:30 p.m. CT). On Saturday the Dallas Mavericks get the privilege of playing the Charlotte Bobcats, and you can tune in at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBATV.

Here is a look at a list of key matchups for the weekend.

Here's the full NBA schedule for this weekend. All times CT:

Friday, Nov. 9
Magic vs. Nets, 6 p.m.
Wizards vs. Bucks, 6 p.m.
Celtics vs. 76ers, 6:30 p.m.
Knicks vs. Mavericks, 6:30 p.m.
Hawks vs. Heat, 6:30 p.m.
Thunder vs. Pistons, 7 p.m.
Hornets vs. Bobcats, 7 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Pacers, 7 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Rockets, 7 p.m.
Suns vs. Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
Kings vs. Spurs, 9 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Jazz, 9:30 p.m.
Lakers vs. Warriors, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Raptors vs. 76ers, 6 p.m.
Pacers vs. Wizards, 6 p.m.
Bobcats vs. Mavericks, 6:30 p.m.
Rockets vs. Pistons, 7 p.m.
Bulls vs. Timberwolves, 7 p.m.
Bucks vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz vs. Suns, 8 p.m.
Trail Blazers vs. Spurs, 9 p.m.
Warriors vs. Nuggets, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Nov. 11
Nets vs. Magic, 2 p.m.
Clippers vs. Hawks, 2:30 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Heat, 5 p.m.
Thunder vs. Cavaliers, 6 p.m.
Lakers vs. Kings, 8:30 p.m.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.