NBA Announces Marquee Games

blog_100803marqueegames1Lakers vs. Heat, on Christmas Day in Los Angeles.

That’ll be fun.

We learned of that game, likely the most anticipated of the regular season, and a few others when the NBA announced the schedule for selected nationally televised games on Monday. Below are the four contests in which the Lakers will play a part:

Season Opener: 10/26 – Lakers vs. Rockets, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
- The Lakers will accept their 2010 championship rings. You know it as “Ring Night.”

NBA Tip-Off Week: 10/29 – Lakers @ Suns, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
- A rematch of the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers head to the Valley of the Sun.

Christmas Day: 12/25 – Lakers vs. Heat, 2 p.m. on ABC
- Kobe, Wade, Gasol, LeBron, Bynum, Bosh, Artest, Miller, Odom, Haslem. The shiny new toy in the East heads to the left coast to see where they stand against the two-time defending champs.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 1/17 – Lakers vs. Thunder, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
- Lakers go against their first round opponent from the 2010 playoffs, with OKC looking to firmly establish themselves as a Western power.

Below is the complete schedule released by the NBA:

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DATE GAME NETWORK TIME (ET)
10/26 – Miami at Boston, TNT 7:30 p.m.
10/26 – Houston at Lakers, TNT 10:30 p.m.
10/27 – Chicago at Thunder, ESPN 8 p.m.
10/27 – Portland at Clippers, ESPN 10:30 p.m.
10/28 – Wizards at Orlando, TNT 8 p.m.
10/28 – Phoenix at Utah, TNT 10:30 p.m.
10/29 – Orlando at Miami, ESPN/ESPN Deportes 8 p.m.
10/29 – Lakers at Phoenix, ESPN/ESPN Deportes 10:30 p.m.
10/30 – Denver at Houston, NBA TV 8:30 p.m.
10/31 – Utah at Thunder, NBA TV 7 p.m.
11/1 – Portland at Chicago, NBA TV 8 p.m.

HOLIDAY NATIONAL TELEVISION GAMES
DATE GAME NETWORK TIME (ET)
12/25 – Chicago at N.Y., ESPN 12 p.m.
12/25 – Boston at Orlando, ABC 2:30 p.m.
12/25 – Miami at Lakers, ABC 5 p.m.
12/25 - Denver at Thunder, ESPN 8 pm.
12/25 - Portland at G.S., ESPN 10:30 p.m.
1/17 – Chicago at Memphis, ESPN 1 p.m.
1/17 – Kings at Atlanta, NBA TV 4 p.m.
1/17 – Orlando at Boston, TNT 8 p.m.
1/17 – Thunder at Lakers, TNT 10:30 p.m.