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NBA unveils marquee Opening Night, Christmas matchups

/ 05:19 PM August 18, 2021
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FILE —  James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Staples Center on February 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

The NBA is planning a Christmas feast for fans.

The Christmas Day schedule will feature a showdown between the star-studded Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Following a shortened offseason, the 2021-22 regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 19 with two games, also showcasing the Nets and Lakers. The champion Milwaukee Bucks host the Nets and the Lakers will be visited by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in a TNT doubleheader.

Other games on the Dec. 25 slate include the Atlanta Hawks meeting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a rematch of the Hawks’ first-round, five-game playoff series win, as well as Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks meeting Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

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The full schedule for the 82-game season will be released Aug. 20.

The first four days of the season will feature eight national television games and 12 different teams.

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A matchup between the Nets and Lakers is a chance for fans to decide who has the better “big three” as the game — if all are healthy — would showcase Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving against the Los Angeles trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the newly acquired Russell Westbrook.

DraftKings lists the Nets (+210) and Lakers (+380) as big favorites to win the 2021-22 NBA title. BetMGM concurs, with the Nets posted at +240 and the Lakers at +400.

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The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sun., Feb. 20, in Cleveland and air on TNT. The regular season is scheduled to end April 10.

Following the April 12-15 play-in tournament, the NBA playoffs are scheduled to open April 16.

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