NBA Schedule 2011-2012: Lakers Open With Three Games In Three Days

The Lakers open their season hosting the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day at Staples Center.

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NBA Schedule 2011-2012: Los Angeles Lakers Battle Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks Twice Each

The 2011-2012 NBA schedule is out, and with the lockout-shortened season teams are playing a 66-game season with a higher percentage of games against the same conference. For the Los Angeles Lakers, this means 48 games against the Western Conference and 18 contests vs. the Eastern Conference. Here is a look at the eastern foes for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and the gang.

Each team plays three teams from the other conference twice, with single games against the other 12 teams in the opposite conference. For the Lakers, their path through the Eastern Conference includes a home-and-home with three marquee teams:

  • Miami Heat: January 19 in Miami (TNT); March 4 in Los Angeles (ABC)
  • Boston Celtics: February 9 in Boston (TNT); March 11 in Los Angeles (ABC)
  • New York Knicks: December 29 in Los Angeles (TNT); February 10 in New York (ESPN)

The Lakers will host the Chicago Bulls (December 25), Cleveland Cavaliers (January 13), Indiana Pacers (January 22), Charlotte Bobcats (January 31), Atlanta Hawks (February 14), and New Jersey Nets (April 3). The Lakers will travel to face the Orlando Magic (January 20), Milwaukee Bucks (January 28), Philadelphia 76ers (February 6), Toronto Raptors (February 12), Detroit Pistons (March 6), and Washington Wizards (March 7).

The Lakers were 21-9 against the Eastern Conference in 2010-2011.

For more Lakers news and infomation, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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NBA Schedule 2011-2012: Lakers On National TV 29 Of 66 Games, Including Five ABC Home Games

For fans of the Los Angeles Lakers that don't live in the L.A. area, they received some good news on Tuesday. The full 2011-2012 NBA schedule was released, and during this lockout-shortened NBA campaignKobe Bryant and the Lakers will be on national television in 29 of their 66 games.

The first game with national television exposure is their first game of the season, a 2 p.m. PST tilt on Christmas Day with reigning MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center, a game televised by ABC. That is one of five Sunday games on ABC this season for the Lakers, along with March 4, 2012 against the Miami Heat and one week later hosting the Boston Celtics. The final two Sundays of the regular season for the Lakers also feature home games on ABC, April 15 against the Dallas Mavericks, and April 22 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers' first four games of the regular season are on national television, as their December 26 game at the Sacramento Kings will be on NBA TV, followed by home games on TNT against the Utah Jazz (December 27) and New York Knicks (December 29).

The Lakers are on ESPN and TNT 10 times each, and NBA TV four times. They play on ESPN at the Orlando Magic on January 20, though I wonder which uniform center Dwight Howard will be wearing.

For more Lakers news and infomation, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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2011-12 NBA Schedule: Lakers Open On Christmas, Four Games In Five Days

The 2011-12 NBA schedule was officially released at 7pm Eastern Time today, and it confirms many things that were already speculated. The Los Angeles Lakers will open on Christmas at home against the Chicago Bulls on ABC, and will then squeeze in five games before New Years.

The Lakers will play three straight (on the road against the Sacramento Kings on NBA TV, then at home against the Utah Jazz on TNT). They'll take a break, but the team opens with four games in the first five days, hosting the New York Knicks on December 29th. 

Laker fans look forward to the Laker- Boston Celtics rivalry tipping off each year, but this year they'll have to wait for it, as the first LA-Boston game isn't until February 9th in Boston on TNT. The second game of the series at the Staples Center will be March 11th on ABC. 

The new Laker-Heat rivalry will also tip off twice this year, on January 19th in Miami then on March 4th in LA on ABC. Due to the shortened schedule some East coast series' were cut short, for example there's only one game between the Lakers and Toronto Raptors this year. 

The Lakers have five games on ABC this season, the aforementioned Celtics, Bulls, and Heat games, but also two April games against the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, both in Los Angeles. All five of the Laker ABC games will be at the Staples Center. After Christmas, the NBA on ABC schedule doesn't resume until January 29th. 

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NBA Schedule 2011-2012: Lakers Schedule Leaks, Will Play Miami Heat In Two Televised Games

The NBA schedule won't be officially released until 4 p.m. PT today on NBATV but a leaked schedule obtained by the Orange County Register, gives us a glimpse of what will most likely make up the shortened 66-game season for the Lakers.

The schedule includes two games against the Miami Heat on Jan. 19 (on TNT) and March 4 (on ABC). The Lakers will not visit the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets due to the shortened schedule and the need to focus on conference rivalries.

The Lakers start the season with a back-to-back-to-back against the Bulls on Dec. 25, the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 26 and the Utah Jazz on Dec. 27, all without Andrew Bynum who starts the season serving his five-game suspension.

The longest road trip of the season will be in February with visits to the Denver Nuggets, Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.

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