NBA Analyst Predicts the Los Angeles Lakers Will Match up With the Warriors During the Christmas Day Games

Published 11/11/2020, 9:01 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1), Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) celebrate after defeating the Denver Nuggets in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


As the next season’s commencement date comes closer, fans and analysts continue to speculate about the matchups. Will it be an NBA Finals rematch- Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers? Will we watch the Denver Nuggets defeat the LA Clippers once again? Or will it be the team who didn’t perform up to the mark because their superstars were injured- Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors?

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Initially, this 72-game season received plenty of resistance, as it meant that teams that had to play till the last few weeks in the Bubble were going to get lesser time to rest and prepare for the upcoming season. On the other hand, teams that didn’t make it to the playoffs got more than 200 days for themselves.

However, now that the dates have been fixed, the talk about matchups is rising. In a similar vein, Brian Windhorst has an interesting matchup idea.

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Who will the Los Angeles Lakers play against?

On ESPN’s ‘The Jump’ Podcast, Jorge Sedano pitched the Lakers vs Miami Heat and the Warriors vs. Nets. Although Brian predicted another matchup altogether. He was asked whether he sees Jorge’s predictions coming alive.

“Well, here we go again with me having to be Scrooge and having to bring the realist. I think those are fun matchups, Jorge. But that necessitates two teams going coast to coast in the first week of the season. The NBA is looking to reduce travel by 25% or more this year. So, I think they’re gonna try to keep teams local, especially on Christmas.” explained Brian.

“Now yes, as you mentioned Rachel, there’s going to be ring night, which will be on TNT, and then there’s going to be Christmas Day games, which will be on ABC and ESPN. I’m sure there’s having negotiations with our bosses and bosses over in turn to figure that out. But I think that the game that you will see as the centerpiece game will be Warriors and Lakers.”

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Could the Lakers face the Warriors on Christmas Day?

LOS ANGELES, CALFORNIA APRIL 29, 2014-Clippers Jamal Crawford and Warriors Klay Thompson battle for a loose ball in game 5 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs in Los Angeles Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“The reason that is because not only do you bring Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back, the international audience has not seen in a while. But also you’re gonna have, unless the Warriors make a big trade, the top three picks in this draft to be displayed possibly in this first game. It could be James Wiseman’s first game, in addition to the defending champion Lakers. That’s a delicious matchup,” stated Brian.

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“Having a five o’clock which is two o’clock on the west coast. I’m not saying I don’t like Lakers-Heat, Jorge but I think it’s more likely the West Coast team stays out here.”

What do you think about these predicted matchups? Or is there any other team you would like to see play on Christmas?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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