2012-13 Lakers Schedule: Mavericks In Opener, Knicks On Christmas

The Lakers host the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on January 17, and head to Miami on February 10.

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2012-2013 NBA Schedule: Lakers National TV Dates

The Los Angeles Lakers open their 2012-2013 NBA season by hosting the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 30. The schedule opener will be televised on TNT, one of 28 national TV dates for the Lakers next season. Here's a look at the nationally televised games on the Lakers schedule for the upcoming season.

ABC (six games)

December 25: vs. New York

January 27: vs. Oklahoma City

February 10: at Miami

February 24: at Dallas

March 10: vs. Chicago

April 7: at Clippers

TNT (nine games)

October 30: vs. Dallas

December 13: at New York

January 17: vs. Miami

January 21: at Chicago

February 7: at Boston

February 14: vs. Clippers

February 28: vs. Minnesota

March 5: at Oklahoma City

April 2: vs. Dallas

ESPN (nine games)

November 2: vs. Clippers

November 30: vs. Denver

December 7: at Oklahoma City

January 4: at Clippers

January 9: at San Antonio

January 11: vs. Oklahoma City

January 30: at Phoenix

February 20: vs. Boston

April 5: vs. Memphis

NBA TV (four games)

October 31: at Portland

December 2: vs. Orlando

March 25: at Golden State

April 14: vs. San Antonio

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2012-2013 Lakers Schedule: Key Dates & Matchups

The 2012-2013 NBA schedule was released on Thursday, meaning there is excitement for the upcoming full campaign, a far cry from last summer's labor unrest and the looming specter of a lockout that cost nearly two months. Here's a look at some key dates for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers open at home on October 30, opening night for the NBA, hosting the Dallas Mavericks.

Three days later the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers in the first of four meetings with their Staples Center co-tenants. Kobe Bryant and company play host to Chris Paul and the gang on November 2 and February 14, and wear the road purples on January 4 and April 7.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, who ended the Lakers' season in the second round of the 2012 playoffs, play host to the Lakers on December 7. The Lakers host old friend Derek Fisher on January 11 and January 27, then make a return trip to Oklahoma City on March 5.

The defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat, come to Los Angeles on January 17, while Steve Nash takes his talents to South Beach to battle LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on February 10.

The Lakers play their 14th consecutive Christmas Day on December 25 when they host Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks at Staples Center.

The annual Grammy road trip takes place from January 30 to February 10, as they hit seven stops in 12 days. Their longest road trip of the year will take the Lakers to Phoenix, Minnesota, Detroit, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, and Miami.

Two battles with the longtime rival Boston Celtics take place in a two-week span in February, as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce play host to the Lakers on February 7, with the two teams meeting again at Staples Center on February 20.

The Lakers host the Houston Rockets on April 17 to conclude their regular season, the last of three consecutive home games for the Lakers at the end of their schedule.

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2012-13 Lakers Schedule Released, Steve Nash Debuts October 30

The Lakers have released their schedule for the 2012-13 season.

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