Los Angeles Lakers ‘will travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Christmas Day’, as first draft of the NBA schedule sees a festive feast with LeBron James taking on Luka Doncic
- The Dallas Mavericks has won the previous two meetings against the LA Lakers
- Mavericks made Conference Finals while Lakers failed to qualify for play-in
- Star studded matchup will excite all, from die-hard fans to casual viewers
Christmas Day is well known for its packed NBA schedule, and this year looks like it won’t disappoint if reports about the first game on the slate are true.
Per Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Dallas to play the Mavericks in a festive treat for basketball fans.
The match-up will see two of the league’s best forwards face off in Lebron James and Luka Doncic, something that will surely catch the attention of even the most casual NBA fans.
LeBron James shoots over Luka Doncic in a game between the Mavs and Lakers in 2018 in LA
In the last two matchups between the team Dallas has won both times, coming out on top 128-110 and 109-104.
Dallas finished last season with a record of 52-30, which was good enough to finish fourth place in the NBA Western Conference. They made it as far as the recent Western Conference Finals, before losing the series 4-1 against the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.
Dallas’ biggest offseason moves involved trading for Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood and signing veteran center Javale McGee. They did, however, lose point guard Jalen Brunson to the Knicks in free agency.
Doncic dribbles up court for Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs against Golden State Warriors
The Lakers, on the other hand, missed the playoffs last year in large part due to injuries to star players James and Anthony Davis. They finished with a record of 33-49, finishing 10th in the NBA Western Conference and did not even qualify for the NBA Play-in Tournament.
The Lakers’ biggest move of the offseason was replacing former head coach Frank Vogel with new head coach Darwin Ham.
LA also added several role players in free agency such as Thomas Bryant, Lonnie Walker IV, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. The team has still remained open to potentially trading away point guard Russell Westbrook, even though it seems unlikely at this point.
James stands next to teammate Russell Westbrook (L) who has been subject of trade rumors