Christmas Day marks one of the NBA’s biggest draws, and next season will be no exception. The Los Angeles Lakers and their new cast will head to Golden State to take on the Warriors.
LeBron James is frequently pitted against the Warriors on Christmas Day–although historically he has been a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the game served as an NBA Finals rematch.
In 2018, however, LeBron will be donning purple and gold when he meets the Warriors. The game figures to be one of the highest rated all season.
In addition to LeBron, the Lakers are a fixture on Dec. 25. The LA Times notes that the Lakers have played on Christmas Day every year dating back to 1999. They typically play at home, though. When the Lakers trek to Oracle Arena, the game will mark just the third time since 1999 that the Lakers have been on the road for their Christmas Day tilt.
LeBron has also played on Christmas Day each year since 2007.
The Lakers have seemingly compiled a team designed to thwart the Warriors. While they do not offer the same outside shooting and scoring as Golden State, Magic Johnson has added a host of perimeter defenders who should stifle the Warriors’ scorers out by the three-point line.
Other games scheduled for Dec. 25 include the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, while the New York Knicks will host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
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