The Lakers open as projected at home against Chicago and the Clippers go to Golden State as part of the five-game NBA package on Christmas Day that will officially start the abbreviated season, with all of them airing on national TV.
ABC (Channel 7) has the Lakers’ game against the Bulls at Staples Center tipping off at 2 p.m., coming on after an NBA Finals rematch of Miami at Dallas at 11:30 a.m..
ESPN has the Clippers’ game at the Warriors at 7:30 p.m., after it covers Orlando playing at Oklahoma City at 5 p.m.
TNT startes the day with Boston at New York at 9 a.m., with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr, preceeded by an hour-long edition of “NBA Tip-Off” with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
The NBA is expected to announce the entire 66-game regular season on NBATV Tuesday at 4 p.m.