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Sports NBA partial schedule released: Top 25 games to watch in first half of the season

04:55  05 december  2020
04:55  05 december  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The NBA season begins Dec. 22, continues Dec. 23 and then features five games on Christmas Day.

On Friday, the league released its regular-season schedule through March 4 – a total of 558 games. The remainder of the schedule – another 522 games – will be released at a later date, most likely in February.

The NBA comprised the schedule to reduce travel, making use of a “series” model. In some instances where a team is scheduled to play twice in one market, those games have been scheduled to be played consecutively.  Each team will play an average of four “series” in the first half of the season – two at home and two on the road, the league said in a news release.

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For example, Milwaukee will play at Miami on Dec. 29-30.

The Los Angeles Lakers will play on the season's opening night and on Christmas, and the defending champions, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will be featured on national TV 23 times in the first portion of the season – seven games on ESPN, six on TNT, three on ABC and seven on NBA TV.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson are scheduled for 19 national TV games – more than the Milwaukee Bucks (15 national TV games) and Giannis Antetokounmpo and more than the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat (16 national TV games).

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Here are the top 25 (non-Christmas) games to watch through March 4:

Golden State vs. Brooklyn, Dec. 22, TNT

Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Dec. 22, TNT

Milwaukee vs. Boston, Dec. 23, TNT

Atlanta vs. Memphis, Dec. 26

Dallas vs. Clippers, Dec. 27

Memphis vs. Brooklyn, Dec. 28

Milwaukee vs. Miami, Dec. 29

New Orleans vs. Phoenix, Dec. 29

Boston vs. Miami, Jan. 6

Charlotte vs. New Orleans, Jan. 8

New Orleans vs. Dallas, Jan. 11

Dallas vs. Milwaukee, Jan. 15

Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn, Jan. 18

Boston vs. Philadelphia, Jan. 20

Lakers vs. Milwaukee, Jan. 21

Clippers vs. Miami, Jan. 28

Denver vs. Lakers, Feb. 4

Boston vs. Utah, Feb. 9

Atlanta vs. Dallas, Feb. 10

Brooklyn vs. Lakers, Feb. 18

Miami vs. Lakers, Feb. 20

Portland vs. Denver, Feb. 23

Clippers vs. Milwaukee, Feb. 28

Phoenix vs. Lakers, March 2

Clippers vs. Boston, March 2

Here are the Christmas Day games: (All times ET)

♦ New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat, noon, ESPN

♦ Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 p.m., ABC

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♦ Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 5 p.m., ABC

♦ Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m.

♦ Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

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