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2022 NBA Christmas Day schedule: Lakers vs. Mavericks, Warriors vs. Grizzlies headline five holiday games

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The NBA released its 2022-23 regular season schedule on Wednesday afternoon, including full details for this year’s Christmas Day schedule. Although all five games have already been leaked, we now know when each game will be played.

As one of the most important days on the NBA schedule, these games are again star-studded and feature rematches from the previous year’s playoffs. Although the regular season is already two months old by the time Christmas rolls around, the full game slate also serves as the unofficial start of the NBA season for some casual fans.

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Here are the five games taking place over Christmas along with their start times:

Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks

  • Date: Sunday, December 25 | Time: Noon ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden – New York
  • TV: ESP | Direct: WatchESPN

The 76ers-Knicks game may not be the most exciting game on this list, but it features some of the league’s best players in Joel Embiid and James Harden. While the Knicks don’t have the brightest names on their roster to face Embiid and Harden, it will be a good test for a New York team hoping their big offseason acquisition of Jalen Brunson can elevate that roster to one. playoff contender.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks

  • Date: Sunday, December 25 | Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
  • TV: ABC, ESPN | Direct: WatchESPN

While the Lakers and Mavericks won’t have the impish tone of the Warriors and Grizzlies, it will feature the face of the league in LeBron James and one of the future faces of the league in Luka Doncic. These two teams met over Christmas two seasons ago which blew up the Mavericks in Los Angeles, but a lot has happened since that tie in 2020. The Mavericks are coming off a race to Western Conference Finals due to Doncic’s MVP-level performances throughout the playoffs, and the Lakers will attempt to return to the playoffs after missing the cut last season. It’s unclear how this game will play out given that both teams could still make roster changes before this game, but it should be more entertaining than the game we had two seasons ago.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

  • Date: Sunday, December 25 | Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • Location: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ABC, ESPN | Direct: WatchESPN

The game between the Celtics and Bucks is a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. In what was one of the best playoffs a season ago, the Bucks lost to the Celtics in seven games, all without their second-best player in Khris Middleton, who suffered an MCL sprain in the first round of the playoffs. playoffs. Middleton recently underwent wrist surgery in July but is expected to return towards the start of the season, so he’ll be ready to go when that rematch is expected to take place. However, this game could be very different if the Celtics manage to succeed in an exchange to land Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. We’ll have to wait and see what happens to the Durant draw, but no matter what happens with that, this game – along with the rest of the full slate of games – is sure to be filled with excitement on Christmas Day. . .

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors

  • Date: Sunday, December 25 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
  • TV: ABC, ESPN | Direct: WatchESPN

The Warriors vs. Grizzlies game will be a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Semifinals, where both teams weren’t shy about talking trash, even long after the Warriors put the Grizzlies out. When the Warriors finally won the championship, several Golden State players made sure to take not-so-subtle jabs at the Grizzlies, including Draymond Green and Ja Morant hoping their two teams meet on Christmas Day. Well, Green and Morant got their wish, and this match is sure to be highly anticipated.

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

  • Date: Sunday, December 25 | Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Ball Arena — Denver, Colorado
  • TV: ESP | Direct: WatchESPN

This game may be a preview of the Western Conference Finals as the Nuggets host the Suns to wrap up the five-game vacation slate. Denver should be fully healthy with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. expected to be back in the starting lineup after both players missed all of last season with injuries. Then there’s reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic at the center of it all. He’ll have help again as Denver hopes to prove its place in the championship conversation. It’s also a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals from two seasons ago. The Nuggets were without Murray in that playoff series against the Suns, so now they’re going to show Phoenix what it’s like to play against a full-strength Denver team.

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