NBA Schedule 2012 - 13: Opening Night and Christmas Day September 05, 2012 14:02

I don't know about you, but we cannot wait for this new NBA season to get underway! 

We've been reviewing the schedule and looking forward to a standard 82-game season, where a total of 1230 games will be played across the entire campaign. Damn that's a lot of basketball!

So lets take a look at what's in store for us as the season tips-off, and what the Christmas Day line-up is looking like this year.

30th October - Opening Night - Heat v Celtics

Things are going to get underway on the 30th October. On the night, LeBron James and his Miami Heat colleagues will get their long-awaited rings, and raise their newest Championship banner. They'll then be getting their home-campaign underway against the Boston Celtics. 

There's already a fair amount of history between these two teams, but with Ray Allen now having made the move to the Heat, this is definitely going to be an opening game to watch out for. 

30th October - Opening Night - Dallas v Lakers

As part of the opening night celebrations, the Dallas Mavericks will be making the journey to Los Angeles to take on the new line-up of the LA Lakers. Everyone is eager to see Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard team up and see what they can do. 

These opening four teams have all won Championships in the last five years, so we're assured some top quality action to get the 2012/13 season underway. 

31st October - Halloween Special - Rookie Debut

On Halloween we're going to get our first chance to see the New Orleans Hornets and the number one draft pick of the year, Anthony Davis. They will be going up against the consistently solid San Antonio Spurs, with Davis having the presence of Tim Duncan to look forward to. 

The Toronto Raptors will take on the Indiana Pacers as Jonas Valanciunas makes his NBA debut for the Canadian team, and faces up to NBA All-Star, Roy Hibbert. 

Thomas Robinson will be out representing in a Sacramento Kings jersey, as they open their season against the Chicago Bulls, and Summer League MVP Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will play host to the LA Lakers.

1st November - Hello Brooklyn

The much awaited debut of the newly named and branded Brooklyn Nets will be taking place at the brand new Barclays Centre, and we're loving the fact that the league has set this up to be a real local brawl, as the New York Knicks make the short trip across the East River for the clash. 

That game will then be followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on their Western Conference Finals rivals, the San Antonio Spurs. 

2nd November - LA Rivalries

The big rivalries keep coming in these opening few days of the league, as the Heat take on the New York Knicks, before we can turn our attentions to the first clash of the LA teams. 

The LA Clippers take on the LA Lakers to fight for dominance in Hollywood. 

Christmas Day Line-Up

After the excitement of the opening of the NBA season, we all lie back and wait for the Christmas day special. This year is looking pretty good with some serious talent on show. 

Brooklyn will host it's first ever Christmas Day games, as they play the first game of the day, at home to the Boston Celtics. New York will be making the cross country trip to play the Lakers at Staples Centre. The Thunder meet up with Championship rivals, the Miami Heat down in South Beach, and the Houston Rockets head to the Windy City to take on the Bulls. The final game of the day will be the Denver Nuggets taking on the LA Clippers, again at Staples Centre. 

Without wanting to wish too much time away, and with the UK's own BBL season set to tip off in the mean time, we really can't wait for the 30th October to get here!