The NBA’s Christmas Day schedule continues with a standout showdown between the Nets and the Lakers.
Brooklyn, which is back in action after having postponed its last three games due to the NBA’s COVID health and safety protocols, will be without MVP candidate Kevin Durant, who entered the protocols last week. The Nets will get a big boost as James Harden will see his first action since Dec. 10.
The Lakers, who go into the holidays with a 16-17 record, desperately need a win. Los Angeles has lost four in a row and while it won’t feature Anthony Davis, the duo of LeBron James and Russell Westbrook will be looking to set the tone.
Like the Nets, the Lakers have recently dealt with injuries and players entering health and safety protocols, but they will get some players back on Saturday, in addition to the difficult signings of Darren Collison and Stanley Johnson.
Can Los Angeles make a statement with a win over a recovering Brooklyn team?
Lakers vs. Nets Live Updates, NBA Holiday Game Highlights
– The Nets are on it early, taking a quick eight-point lead to force the Lakers to call a timeout.
The Nets are shooting 6-of-7 from the field, while the Lakers are shooting 2-of-6 early on.
– LeBron James is the first to get on the board tonight, exhausting a mid-range jump shot to start the action.
LeBron is now 10 points away from equaling Kobe Bryant as the NBA’s all-time Christmas Day leading scorer.
Before the game
– Lakers starters: Russell Westbrook, Wayne Ellington, Talen Horton-Tucker, LeBron James and Dwight Howard.
The Nets will go with a starting lineup of Patty Mills, James Harden, Bruce Brown, DeAndre ‘Bembry and Nic Claxton.
– Game no. 1 in Crypto.com Arena.
– Avery Bradley and Malik Monk will return to action, strengthening the rotation of guards that will seek to stop James Harden.
Avery Bradley and Malik Monk have approved the protocols, according to the Lakers. Are available vs BKN
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 25, 2021
How to watch Lakers vs. Nets on Christmas Day
- Date: Saturday December 25
- Hour: 8:00 pm ET
- Television channel: ABC, ESPN
- Live broadcast: Watch ESPN | Sling tv
NBA Christmas Day schedule
The five games are split between ESPN and ABC. All times below are Eastern Standard Time.
|12:00 pm||Hawks at the Knicks||ESPN|
|2:30 pm||Celtics at Bucks||ABC|
|5:00 pm||Warriors in Suns||ABC|
|8:00 pm||Networks in the Lakers||ABC, ESPN|
|10:30 pm||Mavericks in Jazz||ESPN|
You can stream all the action on Sling tv.