The NBA on Christmas Day and Kia Tip Off ‘21 national TV schedules -- two of the marquee events of the NBA calendar -- were just announced.
And as we count down the days 'til the NBA returns, let’s check out the games that could give us some signature early Moments from next season.
The Bucks will be presented their championship rings and unveil their banner.
The other Opening Night game will feature the the Golden State Warriors against Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. There will be a lot of new faces since the last time these teams met in the Play-in tournament.
A blockbuster trade saw Russell Westbrook returning to play for a Southern California team for the first time since he was at UCLA, while vets Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard got on board. On the Golden State side, they will be returning Klay Thompson to the fold, which will raise up the Warriors to a legitimate Western Conference contender.
Additionally, the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica. Believe it or not, Klay Thompson does not have a Top Shot Moment yet. It’s possible that he misses this game, but the Warriors seem optimistic.
The other Opening Week national television games are:
October 20, 2021
October 21, 2021
October 22, 2021
The NBA also released the always highly anticipated Christmas Day schedule, with 5 games starting at 9 AM PDT/12 PM EDT and continuing until the last start time at 7:30 PM PDT/10:30 PM EDT.
5 Featured Games
Trae Young returns to MSG. They will not be happy to see him. The Knicks are looking to go deeper in the playoffs this year and have added Kemba Walker...who LOVES MSG.
The Celtics sent Kemba Walker away and brought back Al Horford and Enes Kanter. They also added Josh Richardson, Kris Dunn and Dennis Schroder. The Bucks bring back Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Giannis and will look to show the world on Christmas Day that they are the team to beat in the East.
A possible Western Conference Finals preview. Currently predicted to be the second and third best teams in the Western Conference. Two extremely talented teams that both believe they can win the title. Booker and Paul vs. Steph and Klay. Must see TV.
Not the last game of Christmas Day but arguably the Main Event. LeBron and Anthony Davis will look to shut down Brooklyn’s big three. The Lakers and Nets are the current top two teams according to many sports outlets, so calling this a possible NBA finals preview is very accurate.
With so much talent in these games, it would not be surprising to see some amazing plays from these games popping up on NBA Top Shot.