The NBA announced their Christmas Day schedule, which will feature the Brooklyn Nets taking on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers will be playing on Christmas Day to highlight the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule. Read more in detail here: brooklyn net.
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ESPN’s Tim Bontemps
The NBA’s quintupleheader of games on Christmas Day for this season features the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Boston Celtics, the ultimate star-studded showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and Trae Young’s return to Madison Square Garden, all of which will be aired across ESPN’s family of networks.
The Christmas Day schedule, as well as the national TV games for the first week of the season, were revealed on ESPN’s The Jump on Tuesday afternoon.
With his amazing performance against the New York Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Young became the latest in a long line of villains at Madison Square Garden, guiding his Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals in five games. At 12:00 ET on ESPN, Atlanta will face freshly signed Kemba Walker and the New York Knicks in the first game of the Christmas Day schedule.
The reigning champion Bucks will next face Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the Celtics on ABC at 2:30 p.m. ET to kick off an action-packed tripleheader. The reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns will face a Golden State Warriors squad that includes Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and — possibly — a healthy Klay Thompson at 5 p.m. ET.
The league’s two greatest constellations of stars — Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving versus Los Angeles’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook — will face battle at Staples Center at 8 p.m. ET in what is perhaps the most anticipated game of the season. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will round off the night with a game against Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and the Utah Jazz on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The NBA season will begin on Oct. 19 in Milwaukee, when the Bucks will get their rings before facing the Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT in a repeat of their epic Eastern Conference semifinal series, which concluded in overtime in Game 7 in Brooklyn with the Bucks escaping with a victory. The Lakers will next face the Warriors at 10 p.m. ET, with Westbrook making his debut appearance in his hometown as a member of the Lakers.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 is ESPN’s first day of programming. Walker, who was presented with fellow former Celtic Evan Fournier at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning, will play Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, as another local boy makes his debut with his new club. Walker was dealt away from the Celtics this summer for Al Horford, along with a first-round selection. The Denver Nuggets will next fly to Phoenix to face the Suns, who swept them in the Western Conference playoffs in the second round.
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The opening week program continues on Thursday in Atlanta, when Doncic and Young, who were traded for each other in the 2018 NBA draft and both received maximum deal extensions this summer, square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT. The LA Clippers will next go to Golden State to face the Warriors at 10 p.m. ET.
The week will wrap off on ESPN on Oct. 22 with two more star-studded games: the Nets taking on the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid, who signed to a supermax deal extension Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the Suns taking on the Lakers at 10 p.m. ET. Due to Devin Booker’s outstanding performance in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, Phoenix terminated L.A.’s season, with Davis missing the remainder of the series due to a groin injury.
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