NBA schedule 2020-21: Kevin Durant’s Nets play against Steph Curry’s Warriors on the opening night

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron reacts against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Team Giannis in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NBA schedule 2020-21: The NBA has scheduled the first three nights of the NBA 2020-21 season. The Brooklyn Nets will host the Golden State Warriors at 7 p.m. ET (05:30 am IST) before the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers do battle at 8 p.m. (08:30 am IST). Find all the NBA rumors here. Over 100 players have completed NBA trades in the offseason. Find all the NBA trade news and NBA rumors in the NBA 2020 offseason here.

On Dec. 23 the Milwaukee Bucks will visit the Boston Celtics before the Dallas Mavericks visit the Phoenix Suns.

The league announced the games on Wednesday while confirming a five-game Christmas day slate reported on Tuesday featuring many of the league’s biggest stars and top contenders.

Storylines for opening night

Durant missed all of last season with the Achilles injury he suffered as a member of the Warriors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Steph Curry also missed most of the 2019-20 NBA season.

Despite the natural chemistry shortcoming of a team starting four All-Stars, the partnership between Durant and the Warriors was wildly successful. They won the final three of five straight times.

Kevin Durant won back-to-back Finals MVPs en route to consecutive championships, and they were poised to win a third straight before Durant and Klay Thompson suffered serious season-ending injuries late in the 2019 Finals.

L.A Lakers will accept their championship rings

The Lakers will accept their championship rings and raise a 13th banner (12 won in L.A. and one reflecting the five Minneapolis titles) in front of the rival LA Clippers at their shared arena, the Staples Center.

It will be a rematch of last year’s season opener. The two teams were favored to meet in the Western Conference finals before the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round.

Following the season, Clippers big man and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell left the Clippers to join the Lakers on a two-year, $19 million contract — a move that took his ex-teammates by surprise.

So long as everyone stays healthy between now and opening night, the NBA’s Dec. 22 slate will feature eight recent All-Stars: Durant, Curry, Green, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard.

NBA news: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:

 • Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games

 • Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season

 • March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break

 • March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season

 • May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament

 • May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs