There will be five NBA games on Christmas Day in the opening week of the 2020-21 season, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Most of the matchups on the reported schedule include teams eliminated from the playoffs, but the Warriors and Pelicans also received a placement, largely because of their expected TV draws. Golden State anticipates he will return to the postseason with a newly shuffled roster anchored by a healthy Stephen Curry. New Orleans hopes this is the year it can leap forward behind the strength of Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, and a host of other emerging talent.
The Rockets, Trail Blazers, and Raptors are among the squads allegedly deterred by the Christmas drive.
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The reigning Champion Lakers is expected to take on the Mavericks in a prime-time slot – not the Heat. The Clippers, meanwhile, face a rematch with the Nuggets team, which they eliminated from the 2020 playoffs.
Christmas Day falls three days after the first game in the new campaign.
Below is the schedule for Christmas Day 2020 as reported by the NBA, including scheduled start times and locations.
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