The NBA always tries to load up its Christmas Day schedule, and based on multiple media reports, the 2019 edition of the league’s biggest regular season day is no different. Per usual, five games appear to be on the schedule this year, headlined by a battle for supremacy in Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN revealed the first three games that are expected to make up the schedule. In addition to the aforementioned L.A. showdown, we learned that the Toronto Raptors will go up against the Boston Celtics and that Zion Williamson will make his Christmas Day debut when the New Orleans Pelicans head to Denver to play the Nuggets.
Sources: Christmas Day games set for 2019-2020 NBA season include —
Clippers-Lakers at Staples Center
New Orleans at Denver
Boston at Toronto
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 2, 2019
Malika Andrews of ESPN added that a game between perhaps the two best Eastern Conference squads, the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, will also occur on Christmas.
The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Christmas Day, league sources tell ESPN.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 2, 2019
To wrap things up, the hottest rivalry in the Western Conference over the last two seasons will see its latest chapter written on Christmas, too. Tim MacMahon of ESPN brought word that the Houston Rockets will head to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors.
Another Christmas showcase game: The Rockets will play the Warriors in San Francisco, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/CkP0jT29DK
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 2, 2019
There’s a whole lot to digest with these five games making up the schedule. It’s absolutely loaded, there are interesting storylines all over the place between teams and players, and for the first time in years, the Knicks won’t take the floor on Christmas. The official NBA schedule usually comes out around this time of year, so it stands to reason that official confirmation for all of this will come out sooner rather than later.