Is there a better way to name a newly named arena than with one of the biggest games of the year?

The Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles will be the site of a star-studded reunion between the Lakers and Nets, one of the biggest matchups on the NBA’s five-game roster on Christmas Day. The showdown concludes with a three-game home stay for the Lakers, while the Nets are two games away on a three-game road trip in the Western Conference.

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Brooklyn enters the meeting having earned the reputation of a legitimate title contender, while LA is a team that is still working things out. Making matters worse for the Lakers is a knee injury suffered by Anthony Davis on December 17.

After an MRI revealed an MCL sprain on Davis’ knee, it was announced that he would be out for a minimum of four weeks.

MORE: How long will Anthony Davis be out?

The Nets, on the other hand, are coming off a week in which a COVID outbreak resulted in the postponement of games against the Nuggets and Wizards. Including superstars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, 10 Nets were placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, prompting the team to sign three players using the NBA’s hardship exemption.

Can the Lakers get a much-needed win over a Nets team recovering from last week?

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What channel is Lakers vs. Nets?

  • Television channel: ABC and ESPN
  • Live broadcast: Watch ESPN | Sling tv

What time does Lakers vs. Nets?

  • Date: Saturday December 25
  • Hour: 8:00 pm ET

Lakers 2021-22 Schedule

Date Adversary Time (ET) National television
December 28th in rockets 8:00 PM
December 29 in Grizzlies 8:00 PM NBA TV
December 31st against the Trail Blazers 10:30 PM NBA TV
January 2 against Timberwolves 9:30 PM
January 4th against kings 10:30 PM NBA TV

Nets Schedules 2021-22

Date Adversary Time (ET) National television
December 27 in Clippers 10:30 PM NBA TV
December 30 against 76ers 7:00 PM NBA TV
January 1 against Clippers 7:30 PM
January 3 against Grizzlies 7:30 PM NBA TV
January 5 in Pacers 7:30 PM

NBA schedule for 2021-22

After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA has returned to its standard 82-game format for the 2021-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season.

Here are some key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:

  • Changes deadline: Feb. 10
  • NBA All-Star 2022: February 18-20
  • The regular season concludes: April 10th
  • Entrance tournament: April 12-15
  • The playoffs begin: April 16th
  • The NBA Finals begin: June 2nd
  • NBA draft 2022: June 23