NBA Christmas Day Schedule 2022-23: Lakers-Mavericks, Warriors-Grizzlies among matchups, per report

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

In addition to one of the opening night games on the league’s calendar, all five games on Christmas Day have also been reported. As one of the most important days on the NBA’s calendar, these games are usually star-studded and sometimes feature rematches of the previous year’s playoffs or two of the league’s top stars against each other. While the regular season will already be two months old by the time Christmas starts, the full range of games also serves as the unofficial start of the NBA season for some casual fans.

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

The NBA certainly hit the mark with some of the league’s top stars, both young and old, and all of these reported matchups have enticing storylines.

The Warriors vs. Grizzlies will be a rematch of last season’s Western Conference semifinals, where both teams didn’t shy away from talking nonsense, even long after the Warriors sent the Grizzlies away. When the Warriors eventually 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 in the hopes that their two teams would meet on Christmas Day. Well, Green and Morant got their wish, and that matchup is sure to be a highly anticipated one.

While the Lakers and Mavericks don’t have the playful trash can that the Warriors and Grizzlies possess, it will be 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 led to the Los Angeles Mavericks being blown up, but a lot has happened since that dud of a 2020 matchup. Western Conference due to Doncic’s MVP performance in the playoffs, and the Lakers will try to return to the playoffs after missing the cut last season. It’s hard to read how this match will go, as both teams can make a selection before this match, but it should be more fun than the match-up we got two seasons ago.

The third reported game on this list could be a preview of the Western Conference finals if the Nuggets host the Suns. Denver should be completely healthy and Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are expected to be back in the starting lineup after both players missed the entire season last season with injuries. Then there’s the reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic at the center of it all. He will have some help again as Denver hopes to prove his place in the championship talk. The Nuggets will reportedly host the Suns, per the Denver Post, that’s a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals from two seasons ago. The Nuggets were in that playoff series against the Suns without Murray, so now they can show Phoenix what it’s like to play at full strength against a team from Denver.

The Knicks and Sixers matchup may not be the most exciting matchup on this list, but it does feature some of the league’s best players in Joel Embiid and James Harden. While the Knicks don’t have the brightest names in their roster to take on Embiid and Harden, it will be a good test for a New York team that hopes the big off-season acquisition of Jalen Brunson will take this roster to a playoff. competitor can lift .

The latest reported match-up between the Celtics and 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 in Khris Middleton, who sustained an MCL sprain in the first round of the postseason. ‘. Middleton recently had wrist surgery in July but is expected to start at the start of the season so he will be ready to leave by the time this rematch takes place. However, this matchup could look very different if the Celtics manage to make a trade to land Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the Durant sweepstakes, but whatever happens to it, this matchup – as well as the rest of the entire game offerings – won’t be short on excitement on Christmas Day.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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