Los Angeles Lakers receive early-season schedule
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There will be no nights off for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19, as LeBron James & Co. will face a nightly dose of all that the Western Conference has to offer. They will face top tests right out of the gate, as the NBA unveiled the league’s early-season schedule, as well as holiday games on Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Lakers will open their season against the Portland Trail Blazers, traveling to the Moda Center on Oct. 18 to take on Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The game will be televised nationally on TNT. Two nights later, the Lakers will enjoy their home opener against the Houston Rockets, who won a league-high 65 games a season ago.

The Lakers’ home opener will take place on Oct. 18, and it will also be aired nationally, this time on ESPN.

The NBA season will officially kick off on Oct. 16 with two games: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers will take on the Warriors in a Christmas Day matchup. The Lakers have traditionally played at home on Christmas Day, dating back to 1999. The Warriors and Lakers will conclude a TNT tripleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well.

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