NBA schedule 2012: Knicks, Nets each face a tough week ahead

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It will be a tough couple days for both of New York City's NBA teams, who will face challenging opponents in the week ahead. Between Monday and Thursday the Knicks will host the Trailblazers and Spurs, while Brooklyn will visit San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

It will be a tough week ahead for both New York-area basketball teams, as the NBA schedule does no favors to either the Knicks or Nets. Both face a pair of challenging games between now and next weekend.

The New York Knicks will have the good fortune of staying home for the next several contests, when they host the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday and the San Antonio Spurs in a Thursday night, nationally televised game. Portland comes to Madison Square Garden at 15-14 overall, while San Antonio is currently third in the NBA's Western Conference standings with a 23-8 overall mark. The Knicks remain tied for the best record in the East at 21-9.

Meanwhile, New York's other team will hit the road for a challenging pair of games in their own right.

The Brooklyn Nets will start a three-game road trip on Monday night when they face the Spurs in San Antonio, and follow that up with a Wednesday visit to Oklahoma City. As things stand, the Thunder have the second-best record in the entire NBA, at 23-6 overall.

Currently the Nets sit at 16-14, holding the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

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