NBA Christmas Day schedule 2022-23: Lakers-Mavericks, Warriors-Grizzlies between matchups, report says

The 2022-23 NBA schedule is expected to be released in the coming days, but there have already been several leaks of major games in the league’s schedule. It has already been reported that the reigning champions Golden State Warriors are is expected to be the host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at the opening night of the season, which is scheduled for October 18.

As well as one of the opening night games on the league schedule, all five Christmas Day matchups were also reported. As one of the biggest days in the NBA schedule, these games are often star-studded, sometimes featuring rematches of the previous year’s playoffs or pitting two of the league’s top stars against each other. Although the regular season will already be 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.

Although nothing has been made official yet, here are the five games expected to take place over Christmas:

The NBA has certainly hit the mark by featuring some of the best stars in the league, both young and old, and all of these reported matchups have compelling storylines.

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

Although the Lakers and Mavericks don’t have the playful quackery that the Warriors and Grizzlies possess, they 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 on Christmas two seasons ago, which resulted in the Mavericks getting crushed in Los Angeles, but a lot has happened since that failed matchup in 2020. The Mavericks are reaching the Western Conference finals because of The Doncic’s MVP-level performance throughout the playoffs, and the Lakers will try to get back into the playoffs after missing the cut last season. It’s hard to read 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 matchup we had two seasons ago.

The third reported game on this list may be a preview of the Western Conference finals, as the Nuggets host the Suns. Denver should be fully healthy and Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are expected to return to the starting lineup after both players missed all of last season with injuries. Then there’s two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic at the center of it all. He’ll have some help again, as Denver hopes to prove his place in the championship conversation. The Nuggets will reportedly host the Suns, for the Denver Post, which is 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’ll be able to show Phoenix what it’s like to play a full-strength Denver team.

The matchup between the Knicks and Sixers may not be the most exciting matchup on this list, but it does feature some of the best players in the league in Joel Embiid and James Harden. Although the Knicks don’t have the brightest names on their roster to take on Embiid and Harden, it will be a good test for a New York team that hopes the big offseason acquisition of Jalen Brunson can elevate this roster to a top contender. playoffs. .

The reported final matchup between the Celtics and the Bucks is a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. In what was one of the best playoff series a season ago, the Bucks lost to the Celtics in seven games, all without their second-best player, Khris Middleton, who suffered an MCL sprain in the first round of the postseason. Middleton recently underwent wrist surgery in July, but he’s expected to be back near the start of the season, so he’ll be ready when this rematch takes place. However, this matchup could look a lot different if the Celtics pull off take out a trade to land Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Durant’s draw, but regardless of what happens with that, this matchup, as well as the rest of the entire game slate, won’t be short on excitement come Christmas Day. .

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