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New Orleans Pelicans v Miami Heat
The Miami Heat will have a tall order to overcome in their bid to rebound from a season-opening loss when they host Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Heat aim to get back on track after getting burned by their in-state rivals in a 113-107 setback to Orlando on Wednesday. Bam Adebayo collected 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Goran Dragic added 20 points for Miami, which is a little over two months removed from falling to the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler, who finished with 19 points against the Magic, turned in a pair of strong performances in the Heat’s season series against the Pelicans in 2019-20. Butler had 13 assists in a 109-94 victory over the visiting Pelicans in November of 2019 before adding 28 points in a 110-104 loss to New Orleans on March 6. Unlike the Heat, the Pelicans got off on the right foot this season as Brandon Ingram had 24 points and 11 assists and Williamson added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 113-99 victory over Toronto on Wednesday at Tampa, Fla. Ingram, however, would like to atone for his last meeting against Miami when he made just 4 of 20 shots from the field on March 6.
Golden State Warriors v Milwaukee Bucks
Teams coming off vastly different performances in their season openers will meet Friday when the Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Golden State Warriors. The Bucks were left with a heart-breaking 122-121 loss the Boston Celtics and the Warriors got pummeled by the Brooklyn Nets 125-99. Two of the NBA’s top stars will be a part of the Christmas Day feast. Golden State’s Stephen Curry needs nine points to pass Rick Barry (16,447) for second place on the Warriors’ all-time scoring list, and needs three 3-pointers to join Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560) as the only players in NBA history to reach the 2,500 career milestone. Despite not having played in the preseason because of a positive COVID-19 test, No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman started in his Warriors debut Tuesday. He accumulated 19 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. The Warriors have won three straight at Milwaukee. The Bucks hope to be more than just a three-man show. Giannis Antetokounmpo (35), Khris Middleton (27) and Jrue Holiday (25) combined for 87 points in the loss at Boston. Antetokounmpo was dominant in the Bucks’ lone game against the Warriors last season, a 107-98 triumph in San Francisco that Curry missed while recovering from breaking his hand.
Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics
The Brooklyn Nets view themselves as Eastern Conference contenders and will get an early view at one of their competitors when they visit the Boston Celtics on Friday. The optimism created by Kevin Durant’s return to health after an Achilles injury 18 months ago was on display in Tuesday’s opener when the Nets clobbered the Golden State Warriors 125-99. Durant scored 22 points in his Brooklyn debut while Kyrie Irving tallied a team-best 26. That represented a good showing from Irving, who was limited to 20 games due to a shoulder injury last season in his first campaign with the club. Irving figures to be pumped up to play his former team of two seasons as he didn’t play against them last season. Boston posted a 122-121 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in its opener on Wednesday as Jayson Tatum poured in 30 points, including a go-ahead 3-point bank shot with 1.5 seconds left to play. Jaylen Brown also was superb with 33 points while veteran point guard Jeff Teague was solid with 19 points and a 4-of-4 effort from 3-point range. Teague will be counted on to team with Marcus Smart while Kemba Walker recuperates from his left knee soreness. The teams split last season’s four meetings.
Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers
The marquee timeslot on Christmas Day will have the one-loss Los Angeles Lakers taking on the one-loss Dallas Mavericks. The champion Lakers lost their opener to the Los Angeles Clippers on ring night Tuesday, while the Mavericks enter having dropped a tight decision Wednesday against a pesky Phoenix Suns team. LeBron James is coming off a 22-point performance, but had just five rebounds and five assists, well below his numbers from last season. The Lakers will be less reliant on his play-making skills with the addition of guard Dennis Schroder, who started and had eight assists in his L.A. debut. New Laker Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and 10 rebounds against his former club. Luka Doncic did all he could in the Mavericks’ season opener, leading the team in points (32), rebounds (eight) and assists (five). But he went 0 of 6 from 3-point range and might make that an area of emphasis Friday. Doncic showed that in his third season, he still is adjusting to superstar status, admitting afterward that he forced shots in an effort to carry his team down the stretch. Six Mavericks players scored in double figures, including newcomer Josh Richardson, who had 12 points and matched Doncic with 36 minutes on the floor. The Lakers went 3-1 against the Mavericks last season.
Los Angeles Lakers Clippers v Denver Nuggets
The NBA’s Christmas Day slate of games will conclude with a must-see pairing of top Western Conference contenders in the Los Angeles Clippers and host Denver Nuggets. The teams met in last season’s Western Conference semifinals with the Clippers jumping out to a 3-1 series lead only to see the Nuggets rally by winning the next three games. The stunning end to the Clippers’ season led to changes as head coach Doc Rivers was replaced by Tyronn Lue. One game into Lue’s Clippers tenure and all looks well, as Paul George scored 26 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, including making 5 of 8 3-point attempts. Kawhi Leonard added 26 for the Clippers, while new big man Serge Ibaka had 15 and helped his team to a 50-38 advantage on points in the paint. The Nuggets literally had a game stolen from them Wednesday as Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes forced a late turnover and Buddy Hield made a tip-in at the overtime buzzer. The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, who had the ball swiped with 2.6 seconds remaining, had a season-opening triple-double with 29 points 15 rebounds and 14 assists. Jamal Murray was held to five points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field, but Michael Porter Jr. had 24 points.