The new-look Los Angeles Lakers will take on the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, according to multiple published reports.
Philadelphia will face Boston, and the Bucks will pay the Knicks a visit.
A vintage dose of Celtics/Sixers, Giannis and the Bucks at MSG against the Knicks and (you guessed it) LeBron's Lakers in Oakland to face the Warriors are the highlights of the NBA's Christmas Day schedule that will be announced Wednesday afternoon, league sources tell @NYTSports
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 8, 2018
The Utah Jazz will host the Portland Trail Blazers and OKC will battle Houston.
[LeBron] James’ first Christmas Day game as a Laker will be the holiday’s marquee matchup. James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers in July, faced the Warriors in each of the past four NBA Finals as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers and Celtics — two teams that boast some of the top young talent in the NBA — will face off in a rematch of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, which the Celtics won in five games.
The Bucks will play on the holiday for the first time since 1977. It is unclear whether Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis will be available for the Christmas Day game. He is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. Porzingis suffered the ACL tear in an early February game against the Bucks.