Los Angeles Lakers 2020-21 NBA Schedule: Important Fixtures Involving Clippers, Warriors and Others

Published 12/05/2020, 8:00 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020/21 NBA season is almost here, and the league has released a partial schedule to make things more exciting. The reigning champions Los Angeles Lakers have a packed few months ahead of them, including an opening night duel against city rivals LA Clippers! 

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This is once again no ordinary regular-season as we’ll only witness a 72-game season starting on December 22. The pandemic’s impact has resulted in shortened games and a slight change in how teams play their fixtures. 

The Los Angeles Lakers pose for a photo after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The first half’s schedule iterates how the league is looking at safety as a priority. For instance, the Lakers have several back-to-back games against opponents, and it makes sense. These fixtures are quite mouth-watering, and here are a few such games that already have us on the edge of our seats! 

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Los Angeles Lakers: Blockbuster games in the first half of the season

The Lakers take on the LA Clippers on opening night (Dec 22) at 7:00 pm P.T. This will be a home game for the Lake Show and indeed a special one, as one can expect the ring presenting ceremony to take place on game day. 

Moving on, the Los Angeles Lakers will continue their tradition of playing Christmas Day games, in fact, it will be their 22nd consecutive season. LeBron and co. take on the feisty Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center (5:00 pm P.T.) 

This is indeed an exciting matchup considering the quality of athletes who’ll battle it out for glory on Christmas day. Luka Doncic has elevated his status and would definitely look to ruin the party in Los Angeles when he and the Mavericks take on the champions during Christmas. 

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The purple and gold then face the Golden State Warriors on January 18, once again a home game. This fixture will be a proving ground to determine the conference favorites, but Klay Thompson’s injury has certainly handicapped the Warriors. 

Next comes LeBron James versus the ‘Greek Freak!’ , as Giannis Antetokounmpo will host the Lakers at the Fiserv Forum on January 21. The Milwaukee Bucks will be on a redemption run after a poor end to their 2020 season, but do they have enough to outshine the defending champs? 

Who wants to see a recap of the 2020 NBA Finals? Well, everyone does! The Miami Heat take on the Lakers on February 20 and it is a road game for Jimmy Butler and the team. Both teams have added reinforcements from last season, and it would definitely be an exciting clash when these two incredible teams meet on the court! 

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Lakers’ partial schedule for the 2021 season

Dec 11 (7:00 pm PT)

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LA Clippers (Pre-season)Jan 25 (4:30 pm PT)

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Cleveland Cavaliers 

Dec 13 (5:30 pm PT)

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LA Clippers

(Pre-season)

Jan 27 (4:30 pm PT)

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Philadelphia 76ers 

Dec 16 (6:30 pm PT)

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Phoenix Suns

(Pre-season)

Jan 28 (4:00 pm PT)

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Detriot Pistons 

Dec 18 (7:00 pm PT)

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Phoenix Suns

(Pre-season)

Jan 30 (5:00 pm PT)

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Boston Celtics 

Dec 22 (7:00 pm PT)

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LA Clippers Feb 1 (4:30 pm PT)

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Atlanta Hawks 

Dec 25 (5:00 pm PT)

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Dallas Mavericks Feb 4 (7:00 pm PT)

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Denver Nuggets

Dec 27 (7:00 pm PT)

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Minnesota TimberwolvesFeb 6 (7:00 pm PT)

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Detriot Pistons 

Dec 28 (7:00 pm PT)

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Portland Trail BlazersFeb 8 (7:00 pm PT)

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Oklahoma City Thunder 

Dec 30 (5:30 pm PT)

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San Antonio SpursFeb 10 (7:00 pm PT)

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Oklahoma City Thunder 

Jan 1 (5:00 pm PT)

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San Antonio SpursFeb 12 (7:00 pm PT)

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Memphis Grizzlies 

Jan 3 (3:00 pm PT)

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Memphis Grizzlies Feb 14 (4:30 pm PT)

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Denver Nuggets

Jan 5 (5:00 pm PT)

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Memphis Grizzlies Feb 16 (5:00 pm PT)

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Minnesota Timberwolves

Jan 7 (7:00 pm PT)

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San Antonio SpursFeb 18 (7:00 pm PT)

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Brooklyn Nets 

Jan 8 (5:00 pm PT)

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Chicago BullsFeb 20 (5:30 pm PT)

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Miami Heat 

Jan 10 (4:00 pm PT)

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Houston Rockets Feb 22 (7:00 pm PT)

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Washington Wizards

Jan 12 (5:00 pm PT)

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Houston Rockets Feb 24 (7:00 pm PT)

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Utah Jazz

Jan 13 (5:00 pm PT)

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Oklahoma City Thunder Feb 26 (7:00 pm PT)

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Portland Trail Blazers

Jan 15 (7:00 pm PT)

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New Orleans PelicansFeb 28 (5:00 pm PT)

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Golden State Warriors 

Jan 18 (7:00 pm PT)

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Golden State Warriors Mar 2 (7:00 pm PT)

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Phoenix Suns 

Jan 21 (4:30 pm PT)

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Milwaukee BucksMar 3 (7:00 pm PT)

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Sacramento Kings

Jan 23 (5:00 pm PT)

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Chicago Bulls

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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