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Circle your calendars: Games not to miss on NBA schedule

Dec 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

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We’re not so presumptuous as to tell you what to watch… well, yes we are.

There is an NBA schedule littered with good games worth watching that was just released today. What follows are the games that leapt off the page at us as ones not to miss.

Dec. 25: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks: A rematch of the NBA finals from last year. Plus, enjoy the look on LeBron James’ face as he watches Dallas raise a championship banner to the rafters (for LeBron haters that may be the best Christmas gift of all).

Dec. 25: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers: We know the Bulls will play hard and defend, but we don’t know what the Lakers will look like under Mike Brown. Or who their center will be for that game.

Dec. 25: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder: Do we get to see Dwight Howard vs. Kendrick Perkins in the post? My guess is we do (if Howard is traded it will be later, closer to the deadline) but what kind of mental state will the Magic be in? And how much have the Thunder improved?

Dec. 27: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat: This is the first of four meetings between the old guard and new guard of the East.

Dec. 29: Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder: The champs head to face maybe their biggest rival for the crown in the West this season. Plus, the Kevin Durant vs. Dirk Nowitzki scoring fest.

Dec. 31: Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder: Before you pop the Champagne watch Steve Nash vs. Russell Westbrook. That will be fun.

Jan. 1: Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards: When you get tired of watching college football, watch the Rajon Rondo vs. John Wall showdown.

Jan. 10: Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies: Battle of the “teams of the future” in the West.

Jan. 14: New Jersey Nets at Utah Jazz: Deron Williams makes his return to Utah. The people of Salt Lake City do know how to boo. Trust me.

Jan. 16: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers: Last time these two met the Mavs unceremoniously swept the Lakers out of the playoffs. You know that stuck in Kobe Bryant’s craw — and he has a history of going off on the Mavs for big numbers.

Jan. 16: Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies: Memphis is playing on Martin Luther King day. The Grizzlies are going to be a team to watch this year, and here is a big test against an elite team.

Jan. 25: Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers: The “battle for Los Angeles” is actually interesting now. Plus, Blake Griffin will dunk on someone.

Jan. 28: Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredettte returns to Utah for a game. (He does it again March 30.)

Jan. 29: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat: Last year’s Eastern Conference finalists square off, and late enough in the season that we might be able to read a little bit into this one.

Feb. 16: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls: Bet the under in the battle of the former best defensive team in the league and the new best defensive team in the league.

Feb. 20: Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls: On Presidents Day you can catch President Obama’s hometown Bulls in action. And Al Horford, who is a good reason to watch the Hawks.

March 4: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat: By then the rosters of these teams will be set and they should be in a groove. This will be a good test for where these contenders stand heading into the playoffs.

March 11: Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers: These franchises still hate each other.

March 17: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks: Who is the best team in Texas… sorry Rockets fans, unless you get Chris Paul you’re not in the conversation.

March 29: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat: Dallas returns to the place they won the title and Heat fans pretend this somehow counts as revenge.

April 20: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs: Will either of the West’s old guard be on a roll with the playoffs around the corner?

April 28: The playoffs open, and then every game is must watch.

  1. brooklynbulls - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Bulls at Madison Square Garden Feb 2nd! I’m there!!

  2. thetooloftools - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    The NBA is going to be shocked when they start playing and realize nobody gives a damn anymore. Their is no MUST SEE NBA. I’ll watch it if I’m bored.

    • boondocksaint224 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:03 PM

      If you don’t care about the season, why are you on probasketballtalk anyway? And for someone who doesn’t care about the season, you were pretty quick to catch and reply to the article.

      Admit it. You’ll be watching, and you’re just playing the internet hardass.

    • db105 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:45 AM

      Basketball is boring. Inconsequential score after inconsequential score after inconsequential score. Yawn

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Did you hear that NBA, tooloftools will not be watching!

      We are all doomed!!!!!

  3. midnite2020 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    someone needs lay off the drugs the nba has so many players that can go off at any time it’s much more competitive fun to watch

  4. reupjosh - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Yo. Brooklyn nets will get Dwill and cp3. Knicks will get Howard and monta.

    Yours,
    Darealrandolph

    • bgavin - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:09 AM

      are you retarded, why would they put williams and paul on the same team

  5. boriqua717 - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Funny how these dudes come on here to rip the NBA yet they’re on the site reading the articles and taking the time to post comments …get a life

  6. gnyj85 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Not one game to watch for the Knicks? Is that a joke? How about the noon game on Christmas…opening day…first game..Boston/NY rivalry…

    Im looking forward to Nuggets @ Knicks…reunion…Gallllinnarrri

  7. cantonbound13 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I wonder if LeBron will be there for the whole game vs. Dallas or will he disappear in the 4th quarter again?

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      Mr. Original!!

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