The NBA has announced a five-game Christmas Day schedule that will include a showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
After a shortened offseason, the 2021/22 regular season is set to begin Oct. 19 with two games, also featuring the Nets and Lakers.
The champion Milwaukee Bucks hosts the Nets and the Lakers will be visited by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Other games on the Dec. 25 schedule include the Atlanta Hawks meeting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a rematch of the Hawks’ first-round win in five playoff games, as well as Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. meeting Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
The full 82-game season schedule will be released on August 20.
A clash between the Nets and the Lakers is a chance for fans to decide who has the best “big three” because the game – if all are healthy – would feature Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving against the Newly acquired Los Angeles trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
The Nets and Lakers should be clear favorites to win their respective conferences and the 2021/22 NBA title.
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game takes place on February 20 in Cleveland. The regular season is scheduled to end on April 10.
Following the April 12-15 play-in tournament, the NBA playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 16.