Opening Week, Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Games Revealed

The full 2018-19 NBA schedule has yet to be released, but the League did reveal the opening week slate of games and the marquee Christmas matchups and Martin Luther King Jr. Day games.


  • Opening Week will have plenty intra-Conference rivalries, the best most interesting being Sixers-Celtics and Warrior-Jazz.
  • The Rockets will open the 2018-19 campaign with a back-to-back, albeit two games at Staples.
  • This will be the first time since 2015-16 that the Christmas game won’t feature Warriors-Cavaliers. But we’ll still get LeBron (as a Laker) going up against the defending champs.
  • The NBA usually serves up a spicy reunion of former teammates on Christmas, but they decided against Toronto (Kawhi Leonard)-San Antonio (DeMar DeRozan).
  • In spite of their lack of recent success, the Knicks continue to get a Christmas spot, going up against Milwaukee. We think a Bucks-Pelicans (Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Anthony Davis) or Bucks-Nuggets (Giannis vs. Nikola Jokic) might be more compelling.
  • This will be LeBron’s 12th straight Christmas Day game. He has not missed a December 25 game since the League expanded the schedule on Christmas beginning in 2007.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game for the 17th consecutive year.
  • The League will be doubling down on Lakers-Warriors on MLK Day.
  • MLK Day will also see a matchup between two possible Conference runner-ups in Rockets-Sixers.