2012 NBA schedule: Pistons face Clippers, Raptors this week

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit hosts one of the West's best and visits one of the East's worst in their next two games.

The Detroit Pistons get the week's NBA schedule started by hosting the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday night. The Clippers are on a nine-game winning streak that has brought their overall season record to 17-6. The meeting will be the first of two between the teams this year, with the Pistons making a visit to L.A. in March.

After a day off, Detroit heads across the border to visit the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday night in the Air Canada Centre. The two teams have struggled to begin the 2012-13 campaign, as the Raptors are a half-game behind the Pistons at 6-19. Detroit took down Toronto, 91-90, on Nov. 23 as Brandon Knight hit the game-winning layup with 7.8 seconds left.

Around the league, Jeremy Lin makes his return to Madison Square Garden as the Rockets face the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. A key Western Conference battle also happens on Monday, as the Thunder face the Spurs at 8 p.m. in Oklahoma City.

The Knicks host another big game on Wednesday as they continue the "Battle of the Boroughs" series at 7 p.m. against the Brooklyn Nets.

For a full list of games, be sure to check out S.I.'s NBA schedule page.

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