Report: Lakers, Cavs to Headline NBA's Christmas Day Schedule
Last season, though, there were a whopping five games on the holiday slate. And since the remainder of the schedule isn't expected to be out until sometime in early August, here's a look at some contenders for the remaining four spots.
Magic vs. Celtics: If Kevin Garnett is somewhat back to his old self, this is a good opportunity to see what a full-strength Celtics team looks like against a revamped Magic team that made it to the Finals. Besides, you can't go wrong with two of the top three projected teams in the East going head-to-head, and (as Matt Moore reminded me) getting to see the replay of Glen Davis hitting that game-winner and decking that kid over and over again would be priceless.
Spurs vs. Mavericks: Great playoff history here, and two teams in the West that made a lot of off-season moves to get back to contending for the top spot in the conference. Let's see which one has the early advantage.
Nuggets vs. Blazers: The Nuggets went to the Conference Finals, and many believe that the Blazers are going to be the next big thing. If they're truly a team on the rise, Portland is going to have to beat the proven contenders. Denver is a good place to start.
Miami-Atlanta: An NBA Christmas without Dwyane Wade would feel like I got a huge lump of coal in my stocking. This game would be a rematch of possibly the most boring seven-game playoff series ever, but the possibility for even the smallest amount of revenge usually revenge usually seems to intrigue the NBA scheduling overlords.
Suns-Warriors: We all know that neither one of these teams is going to the Finals, unless they buy a block of tickets from the Staples Center box office. But hey, who doesn't like scoring? The over/under for this one should be around 245, and casual fans will surely tune in to see the madness.
Are there any other match-ups that might be more interesting, or are there any other teams you'd like to see? Go ahead and sound off in the comments.