LeBron, Lakers to play Warriors on Christmas Day

LeBron James’ first regular-season game as a Laker will come on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers while Los Angeles’ newest star also has a Christmas date with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA announced the league’s national TV schedule for the opening week and Christmas Day on Wednesday.

James and the Lakers will visit Portland on Oct. 18. Two days later he will make his Laker home debut against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 20.

The Christmas Day duel between the Lakers and the defending champion Warriors will come at 8 p.m. Dec. 25 at Golden State.

That game is one of five Christmas Day games on ESPN and ABC.

The day will start with the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the New York Knicks at noon ET, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Rockets at 3 p.m. and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Boston Celtics at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The Lakers-Warriors game and a matchup of the Trail Blazers at the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m. ET will wrap up the slate of nationally televised Christmas Day games.

The NBA will kick off its 2018-19 season with doubleheader featuring the 76ers visiting the Celtics at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 16, followed by the Thunder at the Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET. Both of those opening night games will be on TNT.